Memphis Police Use Predictive Analytics to Reduce Crime Rates
The department uses IBM predictive analytics software to identify and map crime hot spots.
According to this IBM news release on PR Newswire, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) has enhanced its crime fighting techniques with IBM predictive analytics software. As a result of using the software, the news release states that the department has reduced serious crime by more than 30 percent, including a 15 percent reduction in violent crimes since 2006.
"Leading law enforcement agencies like MDP are using IBM analytics software to predict trends, allocate resources and identify 'hot spots' to reduce crime rates including directed patrol, targeted traffic enforcement, task forces, operations, high-visibility patrol and targeted investigations.
"The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program mirrored what the city of Memphis was seeing on the municipal level: crime, noticeably violent crime, was on the rise. Aware that traditional policing approaches were becoming less effective, MPD created Blue CRUSH, or Criminal Reduction Utilizing Statistical History, an innovative, evidence-based approach using IBM predictive analytics software, built in partnership with the University of Memphis' Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.