The Evolution of Predictive Policing

Crime mapping has long been a tool used to determine where the bad guys lurk. The idea has evolved from colored pins placed on a map to identifying “hot spots” via a computer database based on past crimes and possible patterns.”

“The Los Angeles Police Department is the largest agency to embrace an experiment known as “predictive policing,” which crunches data to determine where to send officers to thwart would-be thieves and burglars.”

“In the San Fernando Valley, where the program was launched late last year, officers are seeing double-digit drops in burglaries and other property crimes.”

“Built on the same model for predicting aftershocks following an earthquake, the software promises to show officers what might be coming based on simple, constantly calibrated data — location, time and type of crime.”

“Other police departments across the nation are using similar approaches. Tech titan IBM has teamed up with police in Memphis and Charleston, S.C., to provide analysis; Minneapolis police are breaking down crime statistics and factoring in geographic locations to determine future crimes.”

“It’s not a replacement for police officer’s knowledge and skills and not designed to take the officer out of the equation,”…”It’s about putting them in the right time and place for crime prevention.”

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