Predictive Policing


Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Critics say that predictive models will lead to false positives and could disproportionately affect vulnerable communities.


Here Are Hundreds of Pages of Official Documents About Predictive Policing in America

Motherboard is publishing several hundred pages of documents we obtained from police departments by using Freedom of Information requests.


Academics Confirm Major Predictive Policing Algorithm is Fundamentally Flawed

PredPol uses an algorithm based on earthquake prediction to “predict crime.” Academics say it’s simplistic and harmful.


Cities Are Secretly Testing Predictive Policing Software

According to documents obtained by Motherboard, the use of the predictive policing software PredPol is far more widespread than previously reported.


Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

Documents obtained by Motherboard using public information requests verify previously unconfirmed police department contracts with predictive policing company PredPol.


Predictive Policing Tool’s Website Exposes Login Pages for 17 US Police Departments

Predpol, a tool that police departments use to algorithmically predict crime, quietly created login portals for police departments in at least seventeen US communities.


Pre-Crime Policing Is Closer Than You Think, and It's Freaking People Out

Hartford is embracing a sophisticated surveillance apparatus that some civil liberties advocates and residents fear marks an ominous trend.


This Predictive Policing Company Compares Its Software to ‘Broken Windows’ Policing

Crime-predicting software PredPol perpetuates discrimination, just like the discredited “broken windows” policing strategy, say digital rights advocates.


New York City Passes Bill to Study Biases in Algorithms Used by the City

The bill is believed to be the first in the country to push for open sourcing of the algorithms used by courts, police, and city agencies.


'Predictive Policing' Is Coming to Canada's Capital, and Privacy Advocates Are Worried

Officers now have access to social media posts and other information directly in patrol car computers. Activists say it could discourage legitimate protests.


Why Oakland Police Turned Down Predictive Policing

Predictive policing is becoming popular for American police departments, but some have rejected the tech over concerns about bias.


Places, Not People, Are the Focus of This New Crime-Fighting Data Analysis Tool

Risk Terrain Modeling seeks to minimize crime by identifying places where it is likely to occur and encouraging officers to look at environmental features rather than people found in the area.