August 9, Chicago, IL:
The Chicago Police Department is working with the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Rand Corp. on an innovative project that will help pinpoint hot spots of criminal activity.
The process -- called predictive analytics -- is to analyze every violent incident and gang interaction with police to extrapolate and identify future problems. The numbers will be analyzed by experts at ITT.
"This is a paradigm shift in how the department uses information," said Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis. "It will make for smarter policing."
Weis explained how the information pinpoints the time of day and location of violent crimes. In the past, gang data were compiled on a yearly basis, Weis said.
Now any police interaction with a gang member will be fed into the system for a "real time, ongoing" account of where gangs operate.You don’t earnestly believe this tool will be limited to gang members do you?