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Why PredPol is not like Minority Report

by PredPol Blog Post

PredPol Is Not Minority Report: It Doesn’t Focus on Individuals

Too often when people hear the phrase predictive policing, they think of the film Minority Report. In the film, crimes are predicted by a group of clairvoyants, and individuals are arrested on the basis that they will commit the crime. But PredPol is nothing like Minority Report.

First, PredPol predicts where and when a crime is most likely to occur, not who is likely to commit a crime. Because no personal data, information about individuals or demographics are utilized in making these predictions, PredPol’s technology does not pose any personal privacy or profiling concerns.

Next, predictions are made using a unique algorithm based on three simple data points: Place, time and date of past crimes. This data exists to efficiently guide law enforcement patrols and lower crime through intelligent, community policing methods. PredPol’s most successful deployment results occur when agencies advise patrol to maintain visibility in predicted areas as they respond to daily calls.

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