St. Louis County police using software to predict crimes

1 year 5 months 1 week ago December 16, 2015 Dec 16, 2015 Wednesday, December 16 2015 Wednesday, December 16, 2015 5:57:00 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

JENNINGS (AP) — St. Louis County authorities have begun experimenting with software to predict where crimes may happen.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that two St. Louis County police vehicles are equipped with computers with software that predicts where crime is likely to happen based on mathematical algorithms.

St. Louis County Sgt. Colby Dolly, who oversees the recently created crime analysis unit, says the software is "refining," not replacing, hot-spot policing. Dolly says the county paid $45,000 for the contract with HunchLab for the software. The county is expected to pay about $35,000 for every subsequent year.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says this form of what is known as predictive policing is the future for law enforcement.

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