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Forecasting Crime Hot Spots

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 7:44am

Forecasting Crime Hot Spots

Using advanced analytics software, the Rochester Police Department will be mining, sharing and extracting intelligence from critical data to in order to improve its investigative and prevention programs. By identifying incident patterns, police can forecast crime hot spots and proactively allocate resources accordingly.

As part of a re-organization started in 2010, the police department is working with IBM and Alpine Consulting to adopt intelligence-led policing methods, including a sophisticated police analytics platform that utilizes the IBM Smarter Cities framework. Alpine was chosen because of its substantial background working with public safety, state and local governments and commercial organizations with InfoSphere Identity Insight software to mitigate threat and fraud.

InfoSphere Identity Insight software enables staff to drill down on information that resides within the city's databases to quickly identify and respond to issues, allowing the first-responder team to expand proactive, community-driven approaches.

"With increased and more meaningful access to information, our officers will be able to respond to incidents more effectively than ever before," said Lt. Tim Heroff, Rochester Police Department. "Working with IBM technology, we are able to better manage performance and risks, and gain greater insight across operations to improve public safety for our citizens."

"One of the most effective ways to reduce crime in cities is to apply analytics technology to public safety to identify crime patterns," said Mark Cleverley, Director, IBM Global Public Safety. "Law enforcement is able to gain valuable insight and focus resources on proactive policing efforts to improve citizen services."

The Rochester Police Department project demonstrates the enormous promise of new technologies to help public officials better manage their vast array of data. IBM has more than 2,000 Smarter Cities engagements underway around the world, helping municipalities manage public services, such as emergency response, crime, traffic and water systems, more efficiently.

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