ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virgin Islands Office of Highway Safety’s (VIOHS) Police Traffic Services Program provided Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) certification training to 20 employees of the Virgin Islands Police
Department, to include Police Crime and Investigative Analysts, VIOHS Coordinators, and Traffic Investigation and Training Bureau officers from both island districts. The training workshop, held on St. Thomas on April 5 & 6, was conducted by Peggy
Schaefer and Daniel Howard, Project Managers with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training; and Craig Spingarn, Crime Data Senior Analyst with the Denver, Colorado Police Department.
VIPD personnel pose with instructors at the DDACTS training workshop held on St. Thomas April 5 & 6.
DDACTS is a law enforcement operational model that 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
engagement / community contacts, and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes, and social harm across the country.
Police Commissioner Ray Martinez said of the training workshop, “We are excited to reap the benefits of using data to help us proactively reduce crime in the territory. I already challenged my officers to increase their visibility by increasing
traffic stops, and this program works with my challenge.” VIOHS Director Daphnie O’Neal added, “We are happy to assist our police officers with this crime reduction strategy. Traffic safety is public safety.”
For more information on DDACTS or the Police Traffic Services Program, you may contact the Virgin Islands Office of Highway Safety through Director Daphnie O’Neal at email@example.com,
or Police Traffic Services Coordinator Danielle Cranston at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the office via telephone at (340) 772-3025.