PredPol is an innovative and proven predictive policing tool that helps law enforcement predict and prevent crime. With first-of-its-kind predictive law enforcement technology that has produced significant crime reduction for departments using it after only a few months, the predictions provide tremendous economic benefits and, most importantly, mean fewer victims through this new policing technology.
PredPol’s predictive policing technology tool enables law enforcement to enhance and better direct the patrol resources they have while policing for crime prevention. It does not replace, but requires, the insights of veteran officers and crime analysts. While crime reduction statistics differ from community to community, a jurisdiction that experiences a 20% crime reduction translates to 20% less time filling out reports and 20% less time in court, freeing officers up to spend more time policing on the beat and engaging in their communities.
Analysts and command staff using PredPol’s law enforcement technology are 100% more effective than they are with traditional hotspot mapping at predicting where and when crimes are likely to occur. That means police have twice as many opportunities to deter and deploy solutions to reduce crime.
“PredPol technology gives officers the best chance to be in the right place, at the right time, to stop crime before it occurs while at the same time helping to reduce crime, cut costs, and increase accuracy when officers patrol their beats.”
Alhambra Police Department, Chief Mark Yokoyama, Global Times, August 2013
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The PredPol predictive policing algorithm was developed over six years by a team of internationally recognized PhD mathematicians, criminologists, and social scientists in close collaboration with crime analysts and line level officers at the Los Angeles and Santa Cruz Police Departments in California. Initially deployed in 2011 by LAPD’s Foothill Division, PredPol’s predictive policing technology is now in use in jurisdictions of all sizes across the U.S. and overseas, as a standout among solutions to prevent crime.
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PredPol’s secure, cloud-based software applies well-understood criminal behaviors, advanced mathematics, and computer learning to generate predictions about which places and windows of time are at highest risk for future crimes including property crimes, gang activity, gun violence, and traffic accidents.
Predictions are for small areas – 500 feet by 500 feet boxes on maps – that are automatically generated for each shift of each day. Typically, patrol officers spend a few minutes in these PredPol boxes to create a deterrent effect when they’re not responding to calls for service or performing other duties. Some of these boxes will be places that officers already routinely cover, but many others will be places that might not otherwise receive attention, making PredPol a crime prevention program that works.
Only three pieces of data are used to make predictions – type of crime, place of crime, and time of crime. No personal data is utilized in making these predictions, and the predictions are updated as often as a law enforcement agency updates its own crime database.
“The men and women of the Norcross Police Department embraced the new technology the first day it was in use,” Chief Warren Summer said in a statement. “Already it had made an impact on crime in Norcross, and we look forward to making Norcross an even safer place to live and work.”
Norcross Police Department Chief, Warren Summer, Gwinnett Daily Post, August 2013