Minority Report style policing in Herts?

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 August 2013

Predictive policing is at the cutting edge of police tech

Predictive policing is at the cutting edge of police tech


MINORITY Report style predictive policing could be used in Hertfordshire.

Herts’ force is watching with interest a trial being organised in Kent which sees computers used to predict where crimes will take place.

In Minority Report – based on the Philip K Dick novel – Tom Cruise plays a detective who hunts murderers after mutated physic humans predict where the crimes will be committed.

The reality of predictive policing is more mundane however.

A computer system uses a mix of criminology, anthropology and mathematics which flags up areas crime could take place.

The system being tested in Kent uses an algorithm to predict human behaviour, which differentiates it from previous computer mapping systems.

Initial results suggest it is proving successful with Herts Police keeping an eye on the progress of the trial.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Police said: “We are interested in what Kent Constabulary are doing and we will watch the outcome of their trials using this technology.”

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