PredPol's Dr. Jeff Brantingham was honored to present on PredPol and predictive policing at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) National Conference this week in Michigan. The 38th annual conference, held this year in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has featured a number of outstanding speakers and events. To learn more about NOBLE click here.
Created by police for police, PredPol’s patented technology generates predictions about which areas and windows of time are at highest risk for future crimes. PredPol reports on property crimes, traffic accidents, drug incidents, gang activity, and gun violence. Predictions mapped to 500-by-500 foot areas using three pieces of data -- type of crime, place of crime, and time of crime -- thus avoiding profiling and privacy concerns. Patrol officers spend a few minutes in these boxes to deter and prevent crime when they're not responding to calls for service or performing other duties.
The goal is better allocation of finite resources and, ultimately, crime prevention that saves a police department and city tremendous amounts of money -- more than 10 times the price of the software technology. Most importantly, predictive policing works, with a proven track record in cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Orange County, Florida, plus many agencies in Northern California. In contrast to hotspot analysis that simply maps past crime data, PredPol’s first-of-its-kind technology applies advanced mathematics and computer learning that forecasts twice as many crimes as those made by current best practices.