When it comes to crime, the age of technology has impacted each part of the criminal justice system. Predictive policing is one of the newer ways law enforcement is harnessing the power of technology to fight crime.
Predictive policing is a broad term used for techniques used by law enforcement to identify potential criminal activity. It falls into four general categories:. While not necessarily telling what will definitely happen in the future, predictive policing identifies where crime is likely to happen. This is not meant to replace more traditional forms of policing but rather to be used in conjunction with other proactive strategies. A popular program, PredPol , is already being used by police forces across the nation.
PredPol has police dedicate their resources towards petty crime. The program generates place-specific crime forecasts to areas as small as by square feet. The forecasts can include when crime is more likely to occur as well as a prediction on who may commit the offense.
For us and our customers, it is the practice of identifying the times and locations where specific crimes are most likely to occur, then patrolling those areas to prevent those crimes from occurring. Put simply, our mission is to help law enforcement keep communities safer by reducing victimization.
PredPol assumes similar crimes are more likely to occur in the same place in the future. The forecasts are generated based on data relating to prior crimes.
This includes data on when, where, and by whom prior crimes were committed. The goal of predictive policing is to stop crime before it happens. Results are varied as to the effectiveness of software like PredPol, but the data collected thus far is promising. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 December Time magazine. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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