Predictive Policing Research Paper

1429 Words6 Pages
Running head: COMSTATE:PREDICTIVE POLICIES Predictive Policing Using today's latest technology police department can prevent or reduce crime. Information technology(IT) has made major advancements throughout the years and continues to do so. Technology save a lot times of our police officer and they can use this time to do other things. It has been integrated into society, making everyone's life easier and more efficient. Not only does it make the personal lives easier, The predictive-policing time promises measurable result including crime reduction; more efficient police department and modern innovative policing. Information technology is being used to optimize police departments' response to crime and in many ways it is superior…show more content…
There has been significant evidence that the use of information systems, such as COMPSTAT, have allowed police departments respond to crime faster, and more efficiently. The police department in Santa Cruz, California tested out this method and found it to be quite effective in preventing and deterring the instances of crime. Mr. Friend, a crime analyst at this police department stated “We’re facing a situation where we have 30 percent more calls for service but 20 percent less staff than in the year 2000, and that is going to continue to be our reality,” Mr. Friend said. “So we have to deploy our resources in a more effective way, and we thought this model would help.” (Goode, 2011) Due to limited budget and resources, this police department sought a new method to better use their resources and information systems was their experiment. They input all their crime data into this system and was able to get detailed analyses on likelihood of future crime occurrences. They would track the instances where and when it was most likely for a crime to happen and the department would dispatch its available officers to check out those sites. Within a month, from June 2010 to July 2010, the department recorded that burglaries alone went down by 27%.(Goode, 2011) This method of preventive policing using information systems seems to be…show more content…
There is much strength to this system. It takes all available data and relentless continues to accumulate new data, analyses it, and sets out a course of action. It does all this so that the police can focus on the course of action to be taken in preventing future crimes from taking place in the areas and during the times that the system shows to be most likely. It greatly reduces the cost in both lives and in terms of time. Preventing a crime from taking place clearly outweighs the cost of reacting to a crime that has already taken place. Instead of sending out random patrols, information systems can use this task force in a more efficient way, by sending them to high yield crime areas during high yield crime times. As technology continues to advance and improve, so will these information systems. Everything has some sort of weakness and information systems for preventive policing is no exception. Although the system itself is fair and objective, people using them are not always so. In an attempt to show a lower crime rate, those in charge of maintaining these systems may manipulate the results to meet their agendas. You can report lower crime rate very easily, by “not filing reports, misclassify crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, under-value the property lost to crime so it’s not a felony, and report a series of crimes as a single

More about Predictive Policing Research Paper

Open Document