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NCJ Number: 228833 Find in a Library
Title: An Ounce of Prevention
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:36  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:60,62,65
Author(s): Eric Mills
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the use of predictive analytics as an effective police problem solving tool in crime prevention.
Abstract: By using predictive analytics to solve crimes before they occur again, law enforcement agencies can become effective problem solvers. Predictive analytics combines existing technologies like computers, crime analysis, and well-developed police reporting techniques and adds a few newer technologies to build a system that is capable of predicting crime before it happens. The result is a network that gathers disparate data and uses software that is engineered and tested in the private customer management industry to model patterns and trends from crime data. In addition, crime analysts must analyze the results and offer police management insight as to the allocation of resources needed. As police problem solving strives to move from a reactive mode to a proactive mode, advanced predictive analytics offers the opportunity to change outcomes.
Main Term(s): Problem-Oriented Policing
Index Term(s): Automated crime analysis; Crime analysis; Police crime-prevention; Policing innovation
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