ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Numbers in place of footprints. Data in place of fingerprints. It was three years ago the Rochester Police Department started using a system of intelligence-led policing to keep an eye on known criminals and predict future crimes.
In the years following its introduction, Captain John Sherwin notes a decrease in violent crime, particularly gang-activity and to a lesser degree property crime in the area.
Using numbers and computers to track people is a little like profiling. Sherwin says the use of technology to profile criminals actually decreases the possibility of human bias and helps identify significant patterns.
"We are making a dent with those people we identify as prolific offenders. A few weeks ago, we were in a meeting and we were talking about, if we were to base who would our top 100 offenders be in Rochester, and we recognized that 2/3 were currently incarcerated. That makes a huge impact on the volume of calls, the type of calls that you receive and the amount of crime that is occurring in your community," Sherwin told KTTC Wednesday.
Captain Sherwin says the next step for intelligence-led policing in Rochester would be to roll out the software so it could be used by officers immediately who are patrolling the streets.
He says preliminary data on the effects of intelligence-led policing should become available within the next year.
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