Posted on Aug 12, 2010
The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) is launching a new program to decrease crime and Shawnee, KS is the first city to implement the plan.  The project is called the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety and is aimed at reducing crime by increasing traffic stops in crime-prone areas.  Police concentrate on the highest-crime areas and highest traffic accident areas.  Where the two overlap, police increase traffic violations in that area.

In Shawnee, for example, the high-crime and high-accident area identified was 75th Street between Switzer and Quivera Roads.  According to Shawnee police, they increased their presence by setting up more patrols in the area.  They made 26 arrests in 30 days, issued 460 tickets, 304 warnings and realized a 27% reduction in crime. 

One of the positive aspects of the program is that it requires no increase in funding or staffing to get the job done.  Obviously, in these budget conscious times, a program that helps by working smarter is received as a positive to everyone.  The department will be continuing this pilot program for the next six months to truly judge its effectiveness. 

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