'Predictive Policing' Company Uses Bad Stats, Contractually-Obligated Shills To Tout Unproven 'Successes'

by Tim Cushing
Techdirt
Nov. 04, 2013

We're not quite at the stage where pre-crime divisions are being formed by forward-looking law enforcement agencies. Not yet. But we're on our way.

SF Weekly has a very thorough report on PredPol, another entry in the "predictive policing" field. According to its website, PredPol's software ("developed by a team of PhD mathematicians and social scientists" from a variety of California universities) algorithmically determines where crime is likely to occur and cranks out a map highlighting 500' x 500' "boxes" that are possible criminal hotspots -- places officers should patrol more heavily.

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