Seattle Police Launch PredPol

Seattle Police Launch PredPol

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announced the launch of PredPol in Seattle at a press conference this week. According to an article about the launch, “the software allows SPD to do a deep analysis of past crime data, and forecast possible locations where crimes might occur in the city, down to a 500-foot geographic area. With that information in hand, officers can spend more time pro-actively patrolling those areas when they’re not responding to 911 calls. SPD has already deployed the new Predictive Policing software—which is part of the 20/20 policing initiative—in the East and Southwest Precincts, and should be in place in the rest of the department’s precincts by April 2013.”

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