The Evanston Police Department meets on a weekly basis to review timely & accurate crime statistics reported through the crime analyst. These statistics along with intelligence based policing information are discussed by command personnel.
Information developed by police personnel from sources on current crime trends, crime patterns, along with intelligence information are used to focus resources on solving crime issues in Evanston.
Additionally, information that is obtained from the community by officers in the field is also presented at the meeting through the command officer who represents the unit where the information was generated. All information presented is then evaluated and a plan is developed to implement this information into dedicated areas to resolve the various types of incidents that are affecting a neighborhood.
As an integral part of the deployment process, is the review of the previous week’s direction of resources for effectiveness. It is then determined if adjustments are necessary or the current data indicates more time is needed to address that issue.
Examining locations that receive multiple calls for police service are reviewed, along with officer’s directed patrols which includes foot patrols which are often designated as walk & talks with the community. Directed area patrols (daps) are used as a way of advising field personnel to frequent certain areas of the city at designated times to prevent further incidents from occurring. This system is also used to ensure accountability for the officers that serve the community.
The deployment process used by the Evanston Police Department cannot be effective unless each unit within the department takes responsibility for addressing the current trend and problems that arise on a weekly basis.
In 2014, the department adapted an additional part to its policing strategy. The program DDACTS, an acronym for Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety is being used to designate traffic enforcement missions in areas that have been determined to be higher in traffic crashes along with reported incident of crime. This approach is based on the theory that most often crimes are committed with assistance of a motor vehicle. Traffic enforcement efforts that are directed to areas that are both affected by crime and traffic crashes during a specified time period can be greatly reduced.
This program has a supportive partnership from the Department of Transportation’s - National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the Department of Justice’s -Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute for Justice.
The ultimate goal in our policing strategy is to improve quality of life for our residents, visitors and businesses by reducing victimization.
Photos are courtesy of photographer Joseph Cyganowski.