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LAPD The Largest Agency To Embrace ‘Predictive Policing’
AP) ^ | July 1, 2012 8:44 AM

Posted on 07/01/2012 1:54:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Los Angeles police are aiming to beat suspects to the scene of a crime by using computers to predict where trouble might occur.

The Los Angeles Police Department is the largest agency to embrace an experiment known as “predictive policing,” which crunches data to determine where to send officers to thwart would-be thieves and burglars. Time Magazine called it one of the best inventions of 2011.

Early successes could serve as a model for other cash-strapped law enforcement agencies, but some legal observers are concerned it could lead to unlawful stops and searches that violate Fourth Amendment protections.

In the San Fernando Valley, where the program was launched late last year, officers are seeing double-digit drops in burglaries and other property crimes. The program has turned enough in-house skeptics into believers that there are plans to roll it out citywide by next summer.

“We have prevented hundreds and hundreds of people coming home and seeing their homes robbed,” said police Capt. Sean Malinowski.

Crime mapping has long been a tool used to determine where the bad guys lurk. The idea has evolved from colored pins placed on a map to identifying “hot spots” via a computer database based on past crimes and possible patterns.

Over the past decade, many large police departments, including Los Angeles and New York City, have used CompStat, a system that tracks crime figures and enables police to send extra officers to trouble spots.

The new program used by LAPD and police in the Northern California city of Santa Cruz is more timely and precise, proponents said. Built on the same model for predicting aftershocks following an earthquake, the software promises to show officers what might be coming based on simple, constantly calibrated data — location, time and type of crime.

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.”


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1 posted on 07/01/2012 1:54:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
"....some legal observers are concerned it could lead to unlawful stops and searches that violate Fourth Amendment protections."

Sounds like they may be ACLU types.

2 posted on 07/01/2012 2:01:25 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: BenLurkin

So let me see if I’ve got this right... To the liberal mind, “predictive policing” is just fine, a great use of our limited resources. However, “profiling” is bad, using statistics to better make use of limited resources is wrong. WTF?


3 posted on 07/01/2012 2:05:14 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: BenLurkin

I predict attempts to steal trillions, coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC. . .


4 posted on 07/01/2012 2:11:16 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: SandRat

Here’s a prediction for La Raza-ass clown LAPD Chief Charlie Beck: L.A. will continue to be overrun by illegal aliens (welcomed by you and your corruptocrat Mayor) - until it is utterly destroyed.


5 posted on 07/01/2012 2:15:11 PM PDT by montag813
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To: BenLurkin

‘Predictive Policing’

Is that anything like Pre-Crime?

Mel


6 posted on 07/01/2012 2:16:36 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: ThunderSleeps
"So let me see if I’ve got this right... To the liberal mind, “predictive policing” is just fine, a great use of our limited resources. However, “profiling” is bad, using statistics to better make use of limited resources is wrong. WTF? "

LOL.

The liberal mind.

Predictive-policing and racial-profiling are jailing the same people.

Blacks commit 46% of all crimes nationwide...while being only about 12% of the population.
This stat ties liberals in knots....it explains why such a high percentage of the prison population is Black and can't be blamed on discrimination as they desire to do.

7 posted on 07/01/2012 2:18:49 PM PDT by blam
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To: BenLurkin

This methodology will soon be declared to be illegal racial profiling.


8 posted on 07/01/2012 2:29:47 PM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: BenLurkin
Los Angeles police are aiming to beat suspects to the scene of a crime by using computers to predict where trouble might occur.

That's easy. Martin Luther and Ceaser Chavez Blvd's.

9 posted on 07/01/2012 2:34:23 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: BenLurkin

GIGO, since when do government statisticians give you something besides the politically correct answer?


10 posted on 07/01/2012 2:35:01 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: SandRat
You would rather the fourth amendment be ignored?
11 posted on 07/01/2012 3:03:53 PM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: umgud

“That’s easy. Martin Luther and Ceaser Chavez Blvd’s.”

Yep, look no further than where “Obama’s Sons” hang out.


12 posted on 07/01/2012 3:07:18 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: BenLurkin

Sounds like the premise for THE MINORITY REPORT! Talk about life imitating art.


13 posted on 07/01/2012 3:12:49 PM PDT by Sons of Union Vets (No taxation without representation!)
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To: BenLurkin

Sounds like the premise for THE MINORITY REPORT! Talk about life imitating art.


14 posted on 07/01/2012 3:16:16 PM PDT by Sons of Union Vets (No taxation without representation!)
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To: umgud

I would expand that to include any street that starts out with ‘Reverend’ or ‘Doctor’.


15 posted on 07/01/2012 3:17:19 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: BenLurkin

Sorry about the double post. It was not intentional.


16 posted on 07/01/2012 3:17:29 PM PDT by Sons of Union Vets (No taxation without representation!)
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To: BenLurkin
Perhaps they could use this database.
17 posted on 07/01/2012 3:32:37 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: MV=PY

Not a bad idea, actually.


18 posted on 07/01/2012 3:36:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

What a novel idea! Sending more police to high crime areas...brilliant.


19 posted on 07/01/2012 3:46:15 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: BenLurkin

Unions!

Liberal Unions- start the Thought Police.


20 posted on 07/01/2012 3:47:40 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08.)
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To: BenLurkin

LAPD ought to use it on themselves.


21 posted on 07/01/2012 3:58:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: BenLurkin

A few years ago a guy in Oklahoma (I think) developed some software that would predict the general location of where serial rapists would strike and was predictive of the area of the town where the rapist lived.


22 posted on 07/01/2012 6:16:25 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: melsec
Is that anything like Pre-Crime?

Kinda like this...


23 posted on 07/01/2012 9:47:31 PM PDT by QT3.14 (USA: Likely only country in history with laws and policies that ensure self-destruction!)
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To: BenLurkin

Gee.. could that be like profiling..


24 posted on 07/01/2012 11:52:13 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: montag813

Tucson is on it’s way to a close 2nd place thanks to Sheriff Dupnik of Pima County and the TPD Chief.


25 posted on 07/02/2012 8:32:10 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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