Panama Police learn from New Castle County Police

By Joe Irizarry 4:22pm, April 17, 2013 - Updated 7:36am, April 18, 2013
County Police welcomed an international police force to learn more about its Targeted Analytic Policing System.

WDEL's Joe Irizarry reports.

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The police force from Panama learned about the TAPS system, which has helped reduce quality-of-life crime and calls for service by as much as 70-to-80 percent in areas like in the Wilton and Edgemoor communities.

County Police Chief Colonel Elmer Setting says having an international police unit in New Castle County to learn about TAPS is a feather in the cap for County Police.

"It's another sign that we're on the cutting edge. We're are ahead of other agencies right now, and even in the United States as far as actually predicting where crimes are going to occur and suppressing it. Predicted policing is a buzz word right now, and people are saying it, but they're not doing it."

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Setting adds he's also heard from other police departments from around the country asking about TAPS.

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