Predictive Analytics and Crime

News reports reflect that that Predictive Analytics assist with Fighting Crime in Chicago, Il.

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis talked Sunday about a new technique the department is using to fight crime.

It’s called Predictive Analytics. Data on crimes is combined with human intelligence to zero-in on places where crime is most likely to occur. That helps the department decide where to put its resources.

Predictive Analysis was launched at the end of April, and Weis says the department is already seeing positive results.

“If you can predict crime, even on a 50-percent basis, that goes a long way as you’re deploying your resources. And it can put you one step ahead of the criminals, which is what we’re trying to do,” Weis said.

The department has formed a predictive analysis group. CPD says it is always working with the Illinois Institute of Technology to develop models for predictive policing.

“This is a paradigm shift in how the department uses information,” said Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis. “It will make for smarter policing.”

Launched in April, the project is funded by a $200,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice.

Weis explained how the information pinpoints the time of day and location of violent crimes. In the past, gang data were compiled on a yearly basis, Weis said.

Now any police interaction with a gang member will be fed into the system for a “real time, ongoing” account of where gangs operate.

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