We used to have predictive policing in the UK – at one time the beat bobby would come back to the nick having spoken to the locals to say that it is all about to kick off down the High Street…
A pioneering technique to predict crime before it happens could be imported from the United States to this country, a senior British police chief said yesterday.
Pilots of the scheme â€“ under which officers are dispatched to crime hotspots identified by computer â€“ have had early success in California.
The method of “predictive policing” was outlined at a criminal justice seminar in London by the US police chief, Captain Sean Malinowski, who has introduced it in a Los Angeles suburb.
Chief Constable Nick Gargan, the chief executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency, gave a warm welcome to the “exciting initiative”.
He said UK officers were monitoring its effectiveness and could deploy it alongside other methods used by the police.
‘Predictive policing’ could come to UK