Move over ‘Minority Report’, no Tom Cruise needed in Woodland, they’ve got ‘Pred-Pol’. It’s short for ‘Predictive Policing’ – it’s a way to use past crime patterns to predict future one.
“With some algorithm and math and science and they’re going through 10 years of our report data,” says Lt. Anthony Cucchi of Woodland Police.
Every day, every shift that data churns out hot spots where crime is likely to happen.
“It’s pulling data everyday from our report writing system, so as we enter more police reports in the system, it’s constantly calculating that in,” Cucchi told FOX40. It’ll be available in every police cruiser and eventually even iPhones.
On screen, Pred-Pol points out hot spots in red boxes, which correlate to real life 500 by 500 foot stretches of Woodland where criminals are most likely to hit.
It’s suddenly giving rookies on the force the institutional memory of a veteran street cop.
“I wish I had this when I was first starting in patrol – learning the city, not knowing the area and trying to find those trouble spots in town,” said Cucchi, a 15-year veteran of Woodland P.D.
The program has already been used with great success in Santa Cruz and portions of Los Angeles, dropping property crime by as much as 19 percent.