Wow. That is an amazing statistic.
Just the other day, while I was surfing the net in a fit of ADD, I stumbled upon a news article from that other world, California. *shaking head* It seems like another world at times. The LAPD has embraced an experiment (they embrace a lot from what hear) known as “predictive policing.”
The program was first launched in the San Fernando Valley late last year and so far, reports have come back to say that burglaries and other crimes have dropped in double-digit increments. Good news? I guess it would depend on whom you ask.
The software, which allows officers to speculate where crimes ‘might’ occur, generates a ‘go to’ box with a location, time and type of crime on a patrol map. Officers, time allowed of course, show up at location with fingers crossed and hands on holsters. Their goal, publicly speaking, is to deter crimes, not to show LAPD hospitality by arresting more people they cannot house.
*sigh* Do you see a problem here folks? A computer is spitting out where and at what time a crime is likely to occur. I live in the New Orleans metro area; I don’t need software to do this. It’s a crap shot that something will happen about 2am in the 3rd ward. I’m sure anyone in Detroit can tell me where not to be and at what time.
The Fourth Amendment in our constitution guards us against illegal search and seizure. It is only a matter of time before this model is challenged in a court of law. And exactly what will the arresting officer have as a defense, “the computer told me to search him your Honor.”
For more information on Predictive Policing click HERE.