An occasional blog reader (and a good friend) sent me a link to a news story.
The theme surrounds an algorithm via computer, touted to predict crime ‘hotspots’ before crime occurs, so that patrol officers can ‘disrupt’ the activity, perhaps even before a crime happens.
As it states in the article:
The software generates prediction boxes – as small as 500 square feet – on a patrol map. When officers have spare time, they are told to “go in the box.”
The goal is not to boost the number of arrests, a common police benchmark to reflect crime reduction. Officers want to either intercept a crime in progress or deter would-be criminals.
“I want to disrupt an activity before an arrest is made,” Malinowski said. “You can’t arrest your way out of some of these problems.”
Police say they are having success with a computer algorithm model that helps determine where to send officers to prevent or possibly interrupt a crime, which may serve as a model for other cash-strapped law-enforcement agencies.
As a fan of television procedural crime drama, the show Person of Interest came to his mind. And, after reading the article, it did to mine, also.
Can Minority Report be far behind?
Another Hollywood reference then came to mind, “
Badges Constitution? We don’ need no stinking badges Constitution!”
h/t Kevin, The Durango Herald