NHP begins study to improve effectiveness of troopers

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The Nevada Highway Patrol has begun a program designed to provide better statistical information to help improve the performance of troopers on patrol and the effectiveness of enforcement activities.

NHP Col. David Hosmer said the idea is to change the behavior of Nevada drivers for the better.

"We have a responsibility to change negative driving behaviors which correlate to the reduction of the carnage on our highways," Hosmer said.

SAFESTAT is designed to help provide the data to strategically place staffing at high congestion and accident areas.

The system provides monthly and annual reports on field enforcement activity, drug interdiction, crash analysis and staffing.

The program is based on a crime analysis and police management system developed by the New York City police.

Hosmer said once troopers are directed toward the problem areas, they are required to increase their daily public contacts and "provide the motorists with specific information on negative or illegal driving behaviors observed prior to the traffic stop."

"This information can include verbal warnings, citations or arrests," according to a statement released by the Department of Public Safety.

The SAFESTAT program information is also available to the public through the Internet at www.dps.nv.gov and click on the highway patrol link to SAFESTAT.


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