Iden­ti­fy­ing the pat­terns

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Mark John­son is the head of anal­y­sis at Kent Po­lice and it is his job to iden­tify crime pat­terns and build in­tel­li­gence for of­fi­cers to use in op­er­a­tional du­ties.

Over the last few years, Mark has worked to help de­velop crime fight­ing tech­nol­ogy across the whole county but his work didn’t be­gin in Kent, or even the UK – it started in Los An­ge­les back in 2012.

Mark and his col­leagues had heard about a new com­puter pro­gramme that was drasti- cally cut­ting crime in some of the most dan­ger­ous neigh­bour­hoods of LA.

So with a healthy dose of scep­ti­cism, Mark’s col­league, Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Paul Brandon, boarded a flight to learn more about it.

On his re­turn, the team – con­vinced the pro­gramme could work in Kent – im­me­di­ately en­listed the help of Amer­i­can an­thro­pol­o­gist Jeff Brant­ing­ham and be­gan work­ing with US-based com­pany PredPol to tai­lor a sys­tem to be used here.

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