The Woodland, California Police Department (just outside of the state capital of Sacramento) is the latest to join the PredPol family. Woodland PD enlisted the help of predictive policing to help allocate resources more effectively and reduce and prevent crime in their community. Here is part of a story from the local CBS affiliate:
WOODLAND (CBS13) — Woodland Police are enlisting a new tool called Predictive Policing to help fight crime.
“We’re trying to use the latest technology to complement our traditional enforcement strategies,” said Woodland Police Sgt. Aaron Delao.
The system is the latest tool to give police officers a chance to fight crime before it happens by analyzing previous trends to see where new crimes are likely.
It doesn’t give them the exact hour or street, but it gets them closer than before.