On Aug. 8, the department became the first in Georgia to launch the new computer program created by PredPol, which is short for "predictive policing," according to the Atlanta Magazine.
The software employs the same concepts retailers uses to chart consumer behavior, the magazine reported.
According to the PredPol website, existing crime data is used to:
- Assign probabilities of future crime events to regions of space and time
- Present estimated crime risk in a useable framework to law enforcement decision makers
- Lead to more efficient and more accurate resource deployment by local law enforcement agencies