What PredPol is and What PredPol is NOT
(Source: PredPol Blog)
December 1, 2015 — Santa Cruz, CA
What is PredPol?
The National Institute for Justice explains that “predictive policing tries to harness the power of information, geospatial technologies and evidence-based intervention models to reduce crime and improve public safety. This two-pronged approach — applying advanced analytics to various data sets, in conjunction with intervention models — can move law enforcement from reacting to crimes into the realm of predicting what and where something is likely to happen and deploying resources accordingly.”
PredPol’s predictive policing is the sum of two parts:
- Predictive Policing Technology: An algorithm developed from high-level mathematics and sociological and statistical analysis of criminality. This algorithm factors in historical crime data from the police department and produces predictions on where and when a crime is most likely to occur.
- Insights of officers and crime analysts. According the National Institute of Justice: “the predictive policing approach does not replace traditional policing. Instead, it enhances existing approaches such as problem-oriented policing, community policing, intelligence-led policing and hot spot policing.”
What PredPol is NOT
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