Being a good patrol officer means you have to be a good observer. Patrol officers observe people, places, things and events. They get to know the rhythms and patterns of life in their patrol areas and they notice when those patterns are broken. Most of what officers see and hear is never document...Read more
As a law enforcement agency you want to manage your resources as responsibly as possible. We know that agencies are constantly being asked to do more with less, which means squeezing every last drop of effort out of your scarce resources. One way of doing this is finding out what kind of events...Read more
What is DDACTS? The acronym stands for Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety. It’s a law enforcement methodology that – you guessed it – uses data to help reduce crime and traffic collisions. DDACTS was first piloted in 2008 and has since found favor among numerous state and local la...Read more
Today we’re going to talk about your patrol operations. Even though it’s arguably the most important part of your agency, in some way it’s also the least managed in at least two key areas: what your officers do in between calls for service, and where they go during their shifts.
With shortfalls in staffing, even budgets these days, it seems like every department in the nation is being asked to “do more with less.” This means command staff has to cut corners or get creative in order to squeeze every last drop out of their department’s resources – and yet they are still...Read more