LAPD using predictive analytics to assist police in detecting crime.

Captain Sean Malinowski of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)…

Captain Sean Malinowski of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has just done something once unimaginable for a commanding officer: He’s given up control of deploying his beat officers to a computer.

Malinowski, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Foothill Community Police Station, is a pioneer in the field of “predictive policing.” That means using predictive analytics to analyse data, such as the times and locations of past crimes, to forecast where and when certain crimes are likely to happen in the future so police can stop them before they occur.

“We’re doing a rigorous examination, an experiment, for the next three months of predictive analytics and for the first time we’re going to rely 100 percent on the computer to forecast property crimes, which are the lion’s share of our crime,” he says. The experiment began 6 November.

Read the rest of Linda Rosencrance’s article at Computer World UK.

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  • D. Murphy

    It would be a smart computer if it also knew when it was being fitted up! I would want to be confidant that Officers weren’t being deployed by default, if you can follow my inkling.