Predictive Policing

CIS   550
Predictive Policing
October 19, 2013
Dr. Durgin                

The world is constantly changing   with new innovative technology. In the past years police departments traditional way of fighting crime has changed.   This paper will compare and contrast police patrolling to COMPSTAT ,a new IS system used by many police departments .This paper will explain the advantages many departments have experienced by successfully implementing   COMPSTAT. It will also address the four basic functions of COMPSTAT and its strengths and weaknesses.

Compare and contrast the application of information technology (IT) to optimize police departments’ performance to reduce crime versus random patrols of the streets.                         Fighting crime is now more advanced than before. Police officers can get information on stolen vehicles, wanted persons, and other crime related information. Due to the advancement in technology many police department’s incidents of injuries and crime rate has decreased. Technology has advanced in a way that improves police patrolling as well as their ability to respond to calls. Police departments are using two preventive measures include the regular police patrolling and the new COMPSTAT program (Turban, E., & Volonino, L.2011). The new implementation of COMPSTAT has helped the police departments around America rescue their number of burglaries, thefts, and other crime related activities. The COMPSTAT is a program that uses Geographic information systems to map locations of where crimes occur, identify “hotspots, “and map problem areas (Turban, E., & Volonino, L.2011).This COMPSTAT model was not designed to replace police officers, but designed to improve their ability to stop crime before it starts in problematic areas. When comparing the COMPSTAT model to police patrolling the COMPSTAT model is more of an aid to police officers. The COMPSTAT model...