What is Predictive Policing?
Palm Beach County Law Enforcement is looking into using a new form of technology that may actually decrease the crime rate. Several other counties across the nation are adopting the use of “predictive policing,” a technology that collects and analyzes
statistical data that supposedly gives police the ability to predict a potential crime scene. The use of this technology may have a dramatic impact on arrests, but it may also cause problems because technology may not always be reliable.
According to WPTV News, “predictive policing” is software that collects crime-suspect and trend data, analyzes it and compiles a list of crimes that may occur. Predictive policing differs from technology most police agencies now use, which compiles data after the fact to plot crime patterns.
“Right now we look at what’s been reported,” Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander said. “We apply our resources according to where we see those trends occur. We’d like to address those dots on the map before they happen.”
According to WPTV News, predictive policing is among the initiatives under study by the Palm Beach County Law Enforcement Exchange Program, a countywide effort to share data among police agencies. The program could be underway next year.
The cost, still undetermined, could run into the millions, depending on which Palm Beach County police agencies sign on, and there’s no plan on how it would be paid for. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department also is looking into predictive policing, but has not plans yet to purchase a system.
This new technology may have a dramatic decreasing impact on crimes throughout Palm Beach County, an area with an extremely high crime rate. However, technology can also be faulty and cause just as many problems as it solves. If you have been accused of a crime, contact a criminal defense lawyer. A criminal defense lawyer can make sure that your rights are protected and that you are not convicted of a crime that you did not commit.