Elgin Police Department (Illinois), an early adopter of PredPol technology is a finalist in the International Association of Chiefs of Police/Thomson Reuters Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation. According to the Courier-News, a Chicago Sun Times publication, Elgin PD submitted an application “based on the department’s techniques and programs used in the reduction of motor vehicle burglaries in Elgin. Police say those strategies, along with community partnerships, led to a 20 percent reduction in vehicle burglaries in 2013 to a 22-year low for the city.”
“According to a release from the Elgin Police Department, more than 100 agencies from around the globe submitted applications for the honor. The other finalists include the California Highway Patrol Orange County Auto Theft Task Force; Halton Regional Police Service; Maryland Transit Administration Police; Missouri State Highway Patrol; Pasadena Independent School District Police Department; Queensland Police Service; and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations.
The winners and two runners-up will be announced at the IACP annual conference in October in Orlando, Fla.
Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said, “To be one of eight departments in the world to be recognized for our innovation is a source of great pride to our department. This confirms that what the community and police department are doing here in Elgin is truly special and one that others see as a model.”
In 2013, Elgin police also began using a new software program named Predpol, for “Predictive Policing,” that is supposed to be able to predict where future crimes will occur based on various data inputs. The department worked to increase police presence in such areas.”
You can see the entire article here. Congratulations to Elgin Police!