The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is preparing to launch a new crime-prevention strategy that uses data analysis and other intelligence to focus on incidents and offenders causing the most harm to the community, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Sheriff Bill Gore, who is proposing a $607 million budget for the year beginning July 1, plans to hire an additional eight sheriff's deputies and a sergeant available to deploy to target areas in the unincorporated county.
The goal is to know where parolees and probationers live in each beat and rely on that information to solve crimes more quickly, Gore said. His tactical decision to lean more heavily on crime analysts comes as agencies across the country struggle to make the best use of available resources. “This way we can target a particular crime problem in a particular area of San Diego County and really have an impact,” Gore said, “and drive down some crime rates in some high-crime areas.” The department's embrace of intelligence-led policing signals an important shift in strategy. Commanders had been preparing to assign new sheriff's deputies to stations across the unincorporated parts of the county as a way to keep pace with population growth.