GovLaunch: Predicting Aftershocks, Predicting Crime

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    Stephanie Slade

    Here’s a timely post from Government Technology given the 5.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked the east coast Tuesday. The Santa Cruz, Calif., Police Department has found a creative secondary use for the algorithms mathematicians employ to predict tectonic aftershocks: predicting places in a city where crime is likely to occur so that more police officers can be assigned to patrol them. The system applies crime data to model which areas could use a greater law enforcement presence. The hope is that strategically placed will help deter lawbreaking that would otherwise occur.

    Predictive Policing Project Reduces Crime in Santa Cruz, Calif.

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