PredPol is Predictive Policing
The mission of PredPol is simple: place officers at the right time and location to give them the best chance of preventing crime.
To accomplish this, PredPol processes crime data in order to:
- Assign probabilities of future crime events to regions of space and time
- Present estimated crime risk in a useable framework to law enforcement decision makers
- Lead to more efficient & more accurate resource deployment by local law enforcement agencies
Only What, Where and When – Not Who
PredPol uses only three data points in making predictions: past type of crime, place of crime and time of crime. It uses no personal information about individuals or groups of individuals, eliminating any personal liberties and profiling concerns.
For many jurisdictions, predictive policing strategy encourages patrol officers to work as partners with communities in the locations where crime is most likely to occur. PredPol is one of the tools to guide location-based strategies in which law enforcement officers communicate and build relationships with residents to engage them in community crime watch efforts.
Force Multiplier for Law Enforcement Agencies
The PredPol tool was developed over the course of six years by a team of PhD mathematicians and social scientists at UCLA and Santa Clara University in close collaboration with crime analysts and line level officers at the Los Angeles and Santa Cruz Police Departments. PredPol’s predictive policing tool enables law enforcement to enhance and better direct the patrol resources they have. It does not replace, but requires, the insights of veteran officers and crime analysts.
Analysts and command staff using PredPol are 100% more effective than traditional hotspot mapping at predicting where and when crimes are likely to occur. That means police have twice as many opportunities to deter and reduce crime.
Dispatching Patrol Units with Predictive Policing
For patrol officers, PredPol’s predictive policing information can be printed or accessed securely through computers or mobile devices in the field. The tool can be set up within weeks and generates actionable predictions for each shift in one click of a mouse.
The annual subscription cost is straightforward, based on population served rather than amount of crime or number of users. There is no new hardware to buy, no new hires to make, no limit on the number of law enforcement users and unlimited updates.
See How the LAPD is Using Predictive Policing to Prevent Crime
The Brains Behind PredPol
The people behind the development of the PredPol technology have impressive backgrounds in mathematics and science. Jeff Brantingham (above, left) is chief of research and development at PredPol and a professor anthropology at UCLA. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on how people use complex urban environments in routine ways and the consequences of these interactions for the patterning of crime events. Dr. Brantingham’s ground-breaking research on crime modeling and predictive policing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Popular Science, and WIRED. In addition, Dr. Brantingham serves as the Director of UC MaSC Project: Mathematical and Simulation Modeling of Crime.
PredPol’s other co-founder is George Mohler (above, right). Dr. Mohler is PredPol’s chief scientist as well as an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science at Santa Clara University. He received a B.S. in mathematics from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California Santa Barbara and has been featured in numerous mainstream newspapers and magazines and scientific journals.