DDACTS relies on seven guiding principles for its implementation: data collection, data analysis, community partnerships, strategic operations, information sharing and outreach, program monitoring, and measuring outcomes.
Mapping technologies used to depict crime and crash hot spots visually are the focus of DDACTS.
A significant component of DDACTS is its strong encouragement of partnerships among law enforcement agencies in adjacent or shared jurisdictions.
Deploying resources in the right place and at the right time drives the DDACTS model.
Social harm issues, along with the concepts of intelligence-led policing, are a focus in the DDACTS model: "Intelligence-led policing is a business model and managerial philosophy where data analysis and crime intelligence are pivotal to an objective, decision-making framework that facilitates crime and problem reduction, disruption and prevention through both strategic management and effective enforcement strategies that target prolific and serious offenders." (2)
Finally, DDACTS defines and Measures Outcomes that encourage a commitment to changing attitudes and practices regarding crime reduction and traffic safety improvement.
The fundamentals of DDACTS, including the seven guiding principles, were the result of the project's initial kickoff meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, in early July 2008.
In addition to NHTSA, BJA, and NIJ, DDACTS is joined by a wide array of national partners.
Leadership from the seven demonstration sites and the national partners were instrumental in developing the seven guiding principles and associated key elements and considerations for implementing the DDACTS model.
DDACTS is an indication and demonstration of forward-thinking law enforcement agencies and officials."