An integral part of Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s safe cities approach is intelligence. To improve services and public safety, municipal governments and agencies need the ability to transform complex data into actionable analysis and informed decisions. For Ontario’s Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS), using intelligence and analysis to empower its stations and units with information about impaired driving has resulted in some promising community partnerships.
In January 2016, HRPS implemented a strategic plan to target drunk drivers called the R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program. HRPS partnered with Hexagon and leveraged our Business Intelligence for Public Safety solution to analyse factors that historically have led to DUI arrests and charges.
With a focus on data-driven decision making and roadside testing precursors, HRPS identified measurable variables that aid DUI enforcement including traffic stops, roadside impairment tests and increased project times. Key information that was analysed to help officers make better decisions during traffic stops and roadside tests included demographic information and peak periods for impaired driving. While this may seem like standard information, HRPS drilled down into the details to ensure that all its officers were equipped with the most crucial data and intelligence available.