Washington, D.C. – A Baltimore County police chief has received the highest safety honour, the Public Service Award,  from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for his department’s approach to data-driven traffic safety.

Two years ago, Johnson volunteered the Baltimore County Police Department to implement the new technological initiative, Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). The department was one of eight across the country to participate in the approach.

DDACTS was developed by NHTSA and turned into a pilot program in partnership with the Department of Justice. By mapping crashes together with other incidents, police using DDACTS can identify problem areas as they begin to develop, positioning officers in a highly visible enforcement presence to deter speeding, distracted driving and unsafe pedestrian behaviours.

“Technology is now a vital part of fighting crime,” Johnson said. “We use it to fight identity theft; we use it to communicate to the public. Now, with DDACTS information, we can deploy our officers and resources in the most effective and efficient way. It really turns our data analysts into keyboard crime fighters.”

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