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February 16, 2009
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Dallas PD use "grid system" to target hot spots

By Steve Thompson
The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — Dallas police are looking at their busiest crime zones from a different perspective this year, using a new system called a Target Area Grid to more accurately focus their efforts to combat violent crime.

Drilling down: Setting aside traditional beats and reporting areas, which can vary in size, police officials have broken the city into hundreds of 1/16th-square-mile sections to better compare crime data and designate hot spots. "Instead of having officers cover the whole area, they tune into the more specific grid within the area where the crime is occurring," said Sgt. Steve Armon, who supervises the department's crime analysis unit. "It better enables us to drill down more specifically to exactly where the crime's going on."

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