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Big Data Analytics Helps Protect Communities

Police forces are using predictive analytics to better equip officers and improve public safety -- but must rethink traditional organizational structures and practices to maximize ROI.

Los Angeles Police Department cruiser equipped with a rugged Dell laptop and wireless data access.  (Photo courtesy of Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds.)
Los Angeles Police Department cruiser equipped with a rugged Dell laptop and wireless data access.
(Photo courtesy of Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds.)

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2/11/2014 | 6:21:51 PM
Re: Fusion centers
Chris, you're right. This is destined to become a contentious issue.  It's interesting that for all the flap about NSA sucking up phone meta data, there's been little discussion on all the other ways we are under surveillance that is increasingly stored on file in these fusion centers. 


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2/10/2014 | 5:34:08 PM
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2/7/2014 | 6:12:40 PM
Re: Fusion centers
What data law enforcement collects and uses will become a hot political debate. Can police cars scan and collect every license plate the squad car passes, and save it in case it's of use in a future case? Safety concerns tend to win those arguments, though.    
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2/7/2014 | 5:25:42 PM
Fusion centers
It's hard to argue againts police forces trying to be more effective at combatting crime.  But the author makes an important point that adding enhanced analytics can't be done in a vacuum.  Police leaders need to make sure their own forces are properly trained to handle the data (and the false positives it may generate); and the public needs to see they are being better served, and in a more transparent way.

One factor not mentioned not here is the rise of state and regional fusion centers, where data gets shared with the Department of Homeland Security and other federal official.  It's hard not to be concerned that there are a lot more law enforcements eyes than ever before -- not just local police forces - watching our every move.

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