Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn announced on Thursday, May 25 that extra MPD officers will be on the road ahead of the Memorial Day weekend focusing on traffic enforcement.
“MPD is committed to keeping the streets of our City safe through our Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) program,” Chief Flynn said. MPD has been using the DDACTS program for the past several years and it is a model supported by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Justice.
DDACTS “integrates location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources” (National Institute of Justice). Visible traffic enforcement is used to help decrease crime, crashes, and traffic violations. MPD’s Districts and Neighborhood Task Force use this model to guide deployments and each District uses a plan that is specific to their area of the City.
In addition to DDACTS, MPD conducts traffic enforcement based on directed patrol missions that address specific areas and traffic issues. MPD receives several state and federal grants to address issues like seat belt use, drunk driving, and crosswalk violations.
Chief Flynn added, “Along with our officers, all parts of the criminal justice system play an important role in ensuring those who drive dangerously are appropriately prosecuted and sentenced. Without this component, driving patterns and behavior will not change.”