Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle police Deputy Chief Nick Metz held a press conference to announce that PredPol’s predictive policing software program will be deployed in all five Seattle police precincts.
According to the TV station KIRO, the mayor said “The software has been used by police departments all over the nation to reduce crime through deep analysis of crime and location data. The software makes predictions about the places where crime is likely to occur, based on crime and location data from police reports. It does not predict who, only where. But by knowing the place where crimes are likely to occur, it enables SPD to deploy patrols where they are most needed, and it allows the community to develop strategies to make places safer.”
“We’ve heard from communities, particularly in the North Precinct, through our Safe Communities outreach process that we need better data analysis to prevent property crime,” said Mayor McGinn. “We’ve had anecdotal successes with the pilot project in East and Southwest Precincts, so we’re expanding Predictive Policing citywide. We’re asking the community to get involved by reporting even minor property crimes so we can improve our data set and predict where crime is likely to occur. This is a tool that can help us prevent some crimes before they happen, so it’s very important that community members get involved.”
“Predictive Policing is a technology tool that increases our odds of stopping crime because it tells law enforcement when and where crime is likely to occur” said Deputy Chief Metz. “With the community’s help, we can prevent some crimes before they take place by being in the right place at the right time.”
PredPol is proud to be partnering with Seattle to help reduce crime!