The term predictive policing is a relatively new law enforcement concept that employs leading-edge crime analysis technologies to assist and improve crime control and prevention strategies. As such, it is viewed as advancing current policing strategies such as community policing and problem-oriented policing to include intelligence-led policing and hot spots policing. Private businesses have utilized predictive analysis to anticipate market conditions and trends in various industries for years. Technological advances have now provided law enforcement agencies the ability to employ predictive analytics to crime problems. This entry describes this tool as well as how it may have a significant impact on agencies’ crime control and prevention efforts.

Defining Predictive Policing

In its simplest meaning, predictive policing helps law enforcement agencies respond more effectively to future crime by ...

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