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Predictive Policing for Tacoma
The Tacoma Police Department has invested in a new “Predictive Policing” program, or PredPol. PredPol technology uses statistics on past crime activity to predict where in the city a crime is likely to occur next. The PredPol website calls it “a tool to increase your odds of stopping crime.”
The system will use statistics on times and locations of property crimes like automobile theft, car prowling, and burglaries in Tacoma to predict where it expects those crimes to happen in the near future. Predictions can be narrowed down to a 500 square foot area and a two-hour window of time, and will be automatically updated every three hours.
The program was paid for in Tacoma using unspent funds from a previous federal grant. Details on the exact cost are not public, as the City worked out a deal for a reduced price for the service in exchange for serving as a guinea pig to demo the software for other municipalities in the region.
We are curious how we get from prediction to prevention without getting all Orwellian … Has anyone else read Ray Bradbury’s “The Pedestrian?”
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