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  • New Castle County police to film 'Day in the Life' videos

  • Videos are part of the department's new "crime prevention" series
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    • Targeted Analytical Policing System (TAPS) by t...

      Type of Crime vs. Change in 2013 from previous year:

      Overall reported crime New Castle County - Down 10.1%

      Dispatched Calls for Police Service - Down 7.6%


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      Targeted Analytical Policing System (TAPS) by the numbers:

      Type of Crime vs. Change in 2013 from previous year:

      Overall reported crime New Castle County - Down 10.1%

      Dispatched Calls for Police Service - Down 7.6%

      In-Progress Quality–of-Life Calls - Down 10.1%

      Robberies - Down 26.8%

      Assaults - Down 27.2%

      Burglaries - Down 27.2%

      Vehicle Theft - Up 3.3%

      Thefts - Up 2.2%

      Proactive Vehicle and Pedestrian Stops - Up 43.3%

      Gun Violations/Shots fired - Down 18.0%

      Homicides - Down 41.2%

      The TAPS system utilizes maps created using existing crime data to predict where 'quality of life' crimes could appear in New Castle County. Police Chief Col. Elmer Setting tasked the department with addressing nuisance crime such as: reports of disorderly subjects, speeding cars, loud radios, suspicious persons or vehicles, fights, people loitering on a street corner, and drug dealing. Patrols are then focused on those locations to reduce those crimes and send the message that larger crimes will not be tolerated.

      (Data courtesy of Wendi Feeser and Patrick Crowell, "Targeted Analytical Policing System (T.A.P.S.): Improving Policing in New Castle County," web-only article, The Police Chief 81, March 2014)

  • This summer, members of the New Castle County Police Department are starring in a series of fly-on-the-wall videos – but you won’t hear Inner Circle singing “Bad Boys,” or see foot chases through back yards shot with jittery handheld cameras.
    These aren’t your FOX-style “COPS” videos.
    “You won’t see stuff like that, no – these are more family friendly,” said Officer First Class Tracey Duffy, one of the department’s media officers. “Although, we are still in the planning stages, so if someone is getting cuffed when we’re filming, then who knows?”
    The videos are part of the department’s ongoing “crime prevention” efforts to educate the public about how to stop crime before it starts, as well as how the department addresses crime using their Targeted Analytical Policing System (TAPS), Duffy said.
    The department premiered two different videos to the county council during a Public Services committee meeting last week, featuring Duffy and Sgt. Andrews discussing burglary and automotive theft prevention techniques.
    Duffy said the videos are made at no additional expense, using the department’s existing iPhones and iPads and whatever video editing software accompanies those products, with her or Andrews tasked with producing the final product.
    The “Day in the Life” videos will follow a member of the police department on a typical day, from roll call to patrol to paperwork and everything in between.
    “It’s essentially what it’s like being a member of New Castle County Police,” she said, adding that they will create videos focused on both the mounted patrol division and the regular patrol.
    Duffy said that while they plan to shoot the “Life” videos soon, first on the roster is a “Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace” project that should be completed by the end of July.
    Councilwoman Janet Kilpatrick, 3rd District, said that while the quality videos are admittedly rough, their consistent use on social media has value as a repetitive message.
    “Isn't the old adage, ‘you have to hear something seven times to remember it?’” she said.
    The first two videos in the crime prevention series are available on the NCCPD’s Facebook page.
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