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MESSAGE FROM CHIEF F. RICHARD DRUMHELLER

Over the past twenty-five years, Pottstown Police has employed different types of police styles. They have employed the Responding To Incident (R2I) policing strategy. This is the strategy that employs rapid response to discovered crimes and issues within the community.

Next, grew a movement called Problem Oriented Policing (POP). POP engaged the community and was more proactive to police issues. The police and its stakeholders met to discuss the current issues that were affecting the community. Out of these meetings, goals and enforcements were forged.

Following the POP method of policing came the Community Oriented Policing movement (COP). The COP strategy used the combination of both the R2I and the POP. COP included the need for rapid response to issues along with engaging the community. This is the current style of policing that the Pottstown Police Department is following.

Pottstown Police Department currently uses a zone patrol pattern. This pattern places sector cars in a geographically selected area to continuously patrol. They look for crime and traffic offenders while patrolling. This style of patrol is considered a person–based policing model.

The federal government, several years ago, started to build a program that incorporated the COP model of police work with directed patrols and some additional ideas. This program is called Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety. (DDACTS).

DDACTS operational model has been supported by several federal agencies. These agencies are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice. Along with these federal agencies, comes federal collaboration. They have created a model program and contact points for assistance and collaboration.

DDACTS takes the existing strategy used in the COP initiative and braids a new strand in the existing fabric of the already established strategy. This strategy creates a similar feel for law enforcement. In addition, the DDACTS model has some striking similarities to the previous types of enforcement.

Twenty-five years ago, traffic accidents and crimes were plotted on a pin map. Officers would study the map to view the dense area of pins and they would focus their enforcement efforts to maximize their success. Today, computers and new technology create a digital pin map.

Modern technology assists the police by making it easier to share information and engage the community. Social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook can reach out to the community. With community input, areas of criminal activity and traffic related issues can readily be identified.

DDACTS employs location based crime with traffic crash data. This data establishes an effective and efficient method of deploying law enforcement and resources. DDACTS uses a system called Geo-mapping to create areas where both crimes and traffic accidents are comingled. These geo-mapping data driven areas are also known as hot spots. These hot spots are identified by location just like the old pin map.

Once these hot spots are established, highly visible traffic enforcement is directed into the hot spot areas. Highly visible traffic enforcement is viewed as both effective to traffic and a deterrent to criminal activities. DDACTS incorporates the essences of the old idea of push pin maps with the twist of modern technology.

VISION PLAN

DDACTS is a bold step into the future of police work. As technology increases, so does the ability to plot areas of enforcement. Social media provides a greater ability to reach the public. DDACTS will generate a renewed interest in community partnerships.

The results of this endeavor will produce a safer community and greater ownership of the community. It will create an environment of achievement for the police force and foster better relations between the community and police.

There is a lot of room under the umbrella of success.

F. Richard Drumheller
Chief
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