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New Downtown Pilot Program
Monday, August 12, 2013

Presss Release: 1308-003

Friday, August 9, 2013, 1:30 PM [RELEASE AT WILL]

A “pilot” program is currently in effect with the goal of deterring crime while positively impacting our downtown corridor and surrounding area.  Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety {DDACTS} was recently utilized by our Traffic Unit and is now operating from our Gold Hill Division.

“DDACTS” integrates location-based crime and traffic crash data to determine the most effective methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources.  Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes and traffic violations.”  While traffic enforcement will not play a major role in the downtown area, other valuable components of DDACTS will be emphasized. Several members of the Police Department recently attended a training session on how to implement the program in order to make it successful.

Four {4} daytime and four {4} nighttime officers will patrol downtown Colorado Springs to create a visible presence. Officers will engage with both business owners and residents to improve the quality of life issues while creating a safe and inviting atmosphere.

Additionally, officers patrolling other areas in the Gold Hill Division are encouraged to spend 15–30 minutes per shift pro-actively patrolling the downtown and surrounding area to enhance our visibility and help reduce crime.

If anyone has information about this case please call (719) 444-7000; or you may call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. at (719) 634-STOP (7867); you do not have to give your name and could earn a cash reward.

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