Memphis Police Use Intelligent Crime Forecasting Technology
Innovative software has been credited in dramatically reducing crime in the city.
The Memphis Police Department took a chance with a new technology 6 years ago as a way to cut down on future law-breaking. Amid an escalating crime rate, they began using a special software that would determine potential locations where crimes would likely take place.
Since the software’s implementation, the police department has effectively reduced crime by 31%, including a 15.4% reduction in violent crimes. Now other police departments are looking to follow suit. The older less-efficient technique would have crime analysts manually browse through databases and spreadsheets to decipher crime patterns. The software can spit out the frequencies of potential crime scenes with specific details like location and time. In the month of January 2010 alone, police arrested over 50 local drug dealers with help from the crime-forecasting software.