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Predictive Policing

Predictive policing allows command staff and police

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“Predictive policing allows command staff and police managers to leverage advanced analytics in support of meaningful, information- based tactics, strategy, and policy decisions in the applied public safety environment. As the law enforcement community increasingly is asked to do more with less, predictive policing represents an opportunity to prevent crime and respond more effectively, while optimizing increasingly scarce or limited resources, including personnel” (Charlie Beck,Colleen McCue, 2009). Another advantage to Predicative Policing is that Agencies will be able to “emphasize problem solving that includes the public as an active, involved partner. Its adherents put value on the three Ps: partnership, problem solving, and prevention, with the most important being prevention” (Charlie Beck,Colleen McCue, 2009). Lastly Predictive policing will allow officers to have a faster response time, potentially being able to stop crime before it occurs. Police departments can practice Predictive Policing through a computer system called CompStat. “CompStat is a "strategic control system" designed for the collection and feedback of information on crime. The CompStat process can be summarized in one simple statement: Collect, analyze, and map crime data and other essential police performance measures on a regular basis, and hold police managers accountable for their performance as measured by these data" (Daniel DeLorenzi,Daniel DeLorenzi, Karen L. Amendola, 2006). CompStat and other similar software is desinged to assist police agencies in having a more concreat idea of what crimes are taking place and where. In traditional policing , police would go to a certain area on a whim or huntch. Certain communities were patroled because they were deemed high crime areas. Officers concluded that from past experiences and other staistical data. CompSat also takes away the human bias of where a high crime area is.
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Predictive Policing 4 When using Compstat, users imput statisitcal information from the past in regards to crimes committed in certain geographical areas. Compstat intern processes the data and gives law enforcement officials a prospective of what crime may occur on a particular day. It is the
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