The Springfield Police Department will pay more attention to four major intersections they call “hot spots”


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Springfield Police Department has implemented a nationwide operating model known as “Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety” (DDACTS).

Data from the national program shows that the use of high-visibility traffic control can be a significant factor in reducing not only traffic accidents in a particular area, but also crime in that area.

“It ties crime-fighting to traffic enforcement,” Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams said. “Criminals drive cars and carry stolen goods, guns and drugs, so the opportunity to combine those two things and do more traffic enforcement will hopefully lead to more prevention and crime solving.”

The department researched areas it would target as “hotspots” around the city. He chose four intersections to form a quadrant around the central part of Springfield.

The four intersections where the SPD hopes to provide more visible traffic enforcement are:

Kansas Sun and Highway

Kansas Highway and Kearney

Kearney and Glenstone

Glenstone and the sun

“DDACTS is a data-driven approach to crime and traffic safety,” said Maj. Tad Peters of the Springfield Police Department. “So it’s looking at not just the trends in crime in a certain area, but also the number of traffic accidents and violations that we see in that area. In the case of crime, we look at the set of calls for service, which can be property crime, assault, or just a variety of different things The goal is to have an effect on the community on both fronts, and the theory behind that is to increase the visibility.If those who commit crimes see more police cars and flashing lights when cars are stopped, it will reduce their interest in committing crimes in this area.And then it increases the security on the side of traffic because we take enforcement action for these violations that put people at risk.

So if you are crossing one of these intersections, don’t be surprised if you see a police car watching the traffic. But because the department has a labor shortage, officers won’t be specifically assigned to work at intersections, and there’s no set percentage of time they’re supposed to be there.

“At this point, we’re just telling our officers to do it when they have time available, depending on the day,” Major Peters said. “It’s a 24/7 operation, so when an officer is not on call and has time available, that’s what we ask them to do.”

“We’re understaffed, and they’re literally going from call to call, but as things get better, and we know they’re going to get better as we hire more people, we’re going to rooting that in the officers that this is what you should be doing with your free time,” added Chief Williams. “Yes it will be more difficult with the lack of free time, but I think it’s going to be something valid.”

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