Law Enforcement Experiments With Predictive Policing; Does It Work?

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Down the road from Ferguson, Mo., in the St. Louis suburb of Jennings, police precinct commander Jeff Fuesting had expressed interest in predictive policing, so when the department brought in HunchLab, it asked his precinct to roll it out first, reports The Marshall Project. They believed data could help their officers police better and more objectively. By identifying and aggressively patrolling "hot spots," as determined by the software, the police wanted to deter crime before it ever happened. HunchLab, produced by Philadelphia-based startup Azavea, represents a new version of predictive policing, a method of analyzing crime data and . . .

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