View Full Version : Law Enforcement Wants To Try 'Predictive Policing'

07-08-2011, 05:59 PM

"Itís great when cops catch criminals after they've done their dirty work. But what if police could stop a crime before it was even committed? Though that may sound like a fantasy straight from a Philip K. Dick novel, it's a goal police departments from Los Angeles to Memphis are actively pursuing with help from the Department of Justice and a handful of cutting-edge academics. It's called 'predictive policing.' The idea: Although no one can foresee individual crimes, it is possible to forecast patterns of where and when homes are likely to be burgled or cars stolen by analyzing truckloads of past crime reports and other data with sophisticated computer algorithms. 'We know where crime has occurred in the last month, but that doesn't mean it'll be there next month,' Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Sean Malinowski says. 'The only way for us to continue to have crime reduction is to start anticipating where crime is going to occur.'"

Welcome to Minority Report.

07-08-2011, 06:01 PM

Welcome to Minority Report.

They have actually been doing this for some time now; however, it has never been used to predict crimes—only predict buying patterns for marketing purposes. It can be easy to see how these same systems could be used for pre-crime.

07-08-2011, 07:07 PM
They'd be much more effective if they would quit spending time and money on stupid crap like this and hire police officers to respond to calls. In many areas of this country, you can't even get an officer to come out unless someone is getting raped or killed. They just laugh at you if you try to report stolen property.

07-08-2011, 07:42 PM
This is nothing new. It's not Minority Report at all. It's "Hey Sheriff Taylor, could you have Barney keep on eye on my store, it got broke into a few times."

Napoleon's Shadow
07-08-2011, 08:12 PM
Isn't this just the same thing as profiling?