POLICE Magazine

OCT 2018

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looks at more than just a couple of weeks of crimes. Today's technology can access information about decades of criminal activity. In addition, it can access a vast array of other sources to help police predict when and where a crime might be com- mitted. Imagine if you had an employee who could read the tran- scripts of every 911 call, memorize every police report and •eld interview card, scan and understand every census report and every building permit issued by the zoning board, tap into the database maintained by the bureau of prisons and parole, as well as the meeting notes from every city council meeting and every press conference held by every politician—and synthe- size that information into an easy to understand but detailed document describing the probability of a crime happening at a given location. •at's essentially what predictive policing has become. For hypothetical example, when the city zoning commission issues a liquor license to a local watering hole, police can be noti•ed—knowing that the location might one day be the scene of a bar •ght or the starting point of a DUI driver's ride home. •at same zoning board might approve the opening of a quick- stop supermarket—a stop and rob—that oƒcers might want to keep an eye on for possible criminal activity. THE KISSIMMEE EXAMPLE £ For a real-world example of how powerful this technology is, look at what police in Kissimmee, FL, are doing with the Motorola CommandCentral analytics soˆware. •e agency learned that during certain weeks of the year such as spring break and the start of summer vacation there was an increase in car burglaries. Consequently, the depart- ment deployed more oƒcers in neighborhoods where the an- alytics said the impact was likely to be high. And the strategy worked—no burglaries were committed within those areas. "Using CommandCentral Analytics—in particular its pre- dictive analytics—we continue to see a reduction in property crime," says Metre Lewis, a crime analyst with the Kissimmee Police Department. "As of last year, we saw a 16% property crime rate reduction and a 12% reduction in overall crime." With extensive analytics at the department's disposal, Kis- simmee gained the ability to instantly get the right informa- tion, to the right people, at the right time—improving decision making and responses. "We've been successful in placing oƒcers where they should be," Lewis added. "We have been able to make signi•cant arrests by being in areas where crime predictions are high and suspects are not coming when they see frequent patrols in an area." Kissimmee PD oƒcers are also using data from their predic- tive policing soˆware when speaking within the community, sharing relevant information with homeowners' associations and neighborhood watch groups. For example, detectives can let community people know if there are upticks of crime in cer- tain areas and ask that residents stay vigilant and keep lines of communication open, playing a vital role in crime prevention. Predictive policing gives oƒcers and law enforcement lead- ers greater capabilities to make data-driven decisions about the deployment of personnel to prevent crime—or at the very least be in the right spot to more quickly respond to crimes in prog- ress, police oƒcers will become more successful in their e"orts to protect and serve their communities. Q Doug Wyllie is contributing web editor for POLICE. I N V E S T IG AT I V E T E C H NO L O G I E S | SP E C I A L R E P O RT | 9 PHOTO: MOTOROLA Motorola's CommandCentral Analytics helps officers fight crime by predicting where and when crimes are likely to occur.

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