Monday, July 1, 2013

The Implications of Big Data In Policing

The New York Times Bits Blog recently had a piece in a series on Big Data. This piece looked at how the rise of Big Data is affecting policing. 
“Where technology has caught up is to allow police to ask questions about what’s happening in their jurisdictions and to be able to understand temporal patterns, spatial patterns,” said Joel M. Caplan, assistant professor of criminal justice at Rutgers University in New Jersey, who has developed a crime forecasting program with his colleagues and is testing it at a half-dozen police agencies.

Via The New York Times Bits Blog
I recently had a conversation with a journalist who asked me what I thought was the biggest promise predictive policing had for law enforcement. I responded that I thought it was the improved efficiency for police agencies. This efficiency will lead to agencies making better use of the resources they have in making their communities safe. I also believe that agencies must tread carefully with these types of technologies given the public's sensitivity to perceived government surveillance in light of the recent NSA intelligence scandals.

What do you think will be the greatest implication of the rise of predictive policing?

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