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Data Driven Policing to Help University Police
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Old time police walking beats meet high tech data analysis around the University of Cincinnati.
UC is paying for the foot patrols around the university, and the police department is being very picky about where the cops walk. Reports of crime: what happened,where and what time; are entered into a database
and mapped out.
Officers know exactly where to go, and what time to go there to prevent crime from happening and perhaps catch a criminal in the act.
Cincinnati Police Captain Mike Neville says the information changes all the time. If something happens in the morning, patrols know it by the time they go out on the beat.
Crime analyst Officer Joe Lorenz says, "As long as it doesn't happen, that's the best end result. Catch them doing it, that's great, or keep them from showing upthat's fine too."
Lorenz says data shows criminals keep going back to the same places to commit the same crimes if they've been successful. Now when they do that, cops will be there.
The owner of Martino's on short Vine is Marty Angiulli. He says paying for police patrols is the smartest thing the University of Cincinnati has ever done.