Po­lice step up pa­trols in part of Mid­town

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

The area was cho­sen based on three-year sta­tis­tics re­gard­ing crime and ac­ci­dent rates.

The Kingston Po­lice De­part­ment says it has in­creased pa­trols in a por­tion of Mid­town where sta­tis­tics show higher rates of crime and ac­ci­dents than else­where in the city.

The area — bor­dered by Lib­erty and Elem­n­dorf streets to the north, Trem­per Avenue to the east, Greenkill and Rail­road av­enues to the south and Prospect Street to the west — has been des­ig­nated a DDACTS zone, stand­ing for “Data-Driven Ap­proach to Crime and Traf­fic Safety,” the po­lice de­part­ment said on Face­book page.

The DDACTS zone is split roughly down the mid­dle by Broad­way.

The po­lice de­part­ment said sta­tis­tics from the past three years show the des­ig­nated area ac­counts for 11 per­cent of all Part 1 crimes that oc­cur in the its Kingston. Part 1 crimes are homi­cide, ag­gra­vated as­sault, rape, rob­bery, bur­glary, lar­ceny, mo­tor vehicle theft, and ar­son.

Also, the de­part­ment said, the area has more than 8 per­cent of all vehicle crashes in Kingston and in­cludes two of the top 10 crash lo­ca­tions in the city.

The po­lice de­part­ment said DDACTS “is a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized op­er­a­tional model that uses crash and crime data to es­tab­lish ef­fi­cient meth­ods of de­ploy­ing law-en­force­ment re­sources.”

“The in­creased po­lice pres­ence will be based on crime and crash data anal­y­sis,” the de­part­ment said on Face­book. “The goals of the Kingston Po­lice De­part­ment’s DDACTS ini­tia­tive are to im­prove traf­fic safety [and] re­duce crime and other so­cial harms us­ing avail­able re­sources at no ad­di­tional cost to the tax­pay­ers.”

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