NPR – “All Things Considered,” July 2013

“Older systems show where crime has been. This system looks forward.”

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The Economist – July 2013

“Intelligent policing can convert modest gains into significant reductions in crime.”

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AP: Sci-fi policing: predicting crime before it occurs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are aiming to beat suspects to the scene of a crime by using computers to predict where trouble might occur.

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CBS: “Predictive Policing” making LA safer

The LAPD is implementing a computer-based program called “Predictive Policing,” which uses mathematical calculations to predict where crime will occur, reports Bob Orr.

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NYTIMES: Sending the Police Before There’s a Crime

The arrests were routine. Two women were taken into custody after they were discovered peering into cars in a downtown parking garage in Santa Cruz, Calif. One woman was found to have outstanding warrants; the other was carrying illegal drugs.

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TIME MAGAZINE: Pre-emptive Policing

Police officers in Santa Cruz, California, are getting ahead of the bad guys by figuring out where crimes will be committed before they take place. Using a computer program developed by mathematicians, an anthropologist and a criminologist, officers are able to predict what areas of the city are most at risk for future crimes and the time the crimes are most likely to occur, so they can have a member of the force at the ready.

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NBC: Santa Cruz PD’s Predictive Policing Program

A new crime fighting strategy where the motto for police isn’t just “to protect” but “to predict and serve”… Here in Santa Cruz, early indications suggest the program is working. In fact, burglaries here were down 27% in July compared to the same month a year ago.

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ABC: Santa Cruz Police Using Computer Program to Predict, Prevent Crime

Police are getting closer to the sci-fi future – a daily forecast that shows where new crimes are likely to crop up. It doesn’t just tell you what will be, it tells you when it will be and what type of crime it will be. Major cities across the country are working to start similar programs.

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Seattle Times: will allow us to be proactive rather than reactive

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Chief John Diaz announced today that police have begun using new “predictive policing” software in the city’s East and Southwest precincts in an effort to reduce crime through analysis of data on crime and location.

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NBC News: a cliff-like drop when predictive policing began

At a growing number of Los Angeles Police Stations, during roll call, every patrol officer is handed a mission map marked with one or more small squares. Each square denotes a real location in the officer’s patrol area, 500 feet by 500 feet, in which a computer algorithm predicts a crime is going to take place that day.

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NBC Learn: Science Behind the News – Predictive Policing

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Officer.com: To Predict & Serve

Recently a Santa Cruz, Calif. police officer noticed a suspicious subject lurking around parked cars. When the officer attempted to make contact, the subject ran. The officer gave chase; when he caught the subject he learned he was a wanted parolee. Because there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest, the subject was taken to jail.

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