Nearly 40 percent of shootings in Dayton are concentrated in small areas that – when combined – represent less than one square mile, according to a report released today.
In addition, more than one in six firearm offenses and almost one in seven robberies last year took place in these small slivers of the city, which altogether represent 1.3 percent of Dayton's total land mass, according to a presentation from researchers and the Dayton Police Department. Police did not identify the hotspots
Police plan to use a "place-based" investigation strategy to try to reduce gun violence and combat crime in some of these small pockets of trouble.
The strategy focuses on persistent, chronic hotspots of violence and gets police working with other city departments, property owners, businesses and community members to dismantle criminal infrastructures that support criminals and violent activity, said Tamara Madensen, associate professor of criminal justice and graduate director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"This isn't a police-driven approach," said Madensen, who is consulting the Dayton Police Department. "This is a city-driven approach."
Dayton officials hope the policing approach can help reverse some worrisome trends. Dayton has seen an increase in gun crime and gun crime that causes injuries.
This approach has helped to improve some high-crime violent hotspots in Cincinnati, officials said.
The focus is on breaking up and addressing other places that support violent crime activities.
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