Predictive policing technology spreads on West Coast

7c37mf Predictive policing technology spreads on West Coast

7c37mf Predictive policing technology spreads on West Coast

Since its introduction by the Los Angeles Police Department two years ago, predictive police technology, which relies on data analysis software to predict where crimes will likely take place, has been lauded for lowering crime rates.Since 2010, a number of police departments nationwide have introduced analytics units — Seattle joined the number last week. As the West Seattle Herald noted, “The software, developed by UCLA and the LAPD in Los Angeles based on models that predict earthquakes, will attempt to forecast where crimes might occur based on data analysis of logged crimes since 2008, according to the Mayor’s office. Police will use that data to determine where they patrol, searching for burglars and thieves in our neighborhoods.”It’s worth noting that predictive policing far predates this predictive policing technology. Indeed, often based on highly problematic metrics, which as much create as they do respond to high crime areas, police target certain areas and neighborhoods expecting and seeking certain criminal activity. A spokesperson from SPD went as far as to say that using the predictive software would help eliminate institutional bias about crimes, who commits them and where:Continue Reading…

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