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Algorithms are the latest ‘shiny thing’ in policing, albeit one without a common consensus. To some, they represent an opportunity to add new capability or improve existing processes beyond scopes previously achievable. To others, they present a risk to civil liberties and carry the potential to do more harm than good. To others still, they are a complete mystery. To crime analysts though, algorithms are likely to play a substantial role in the future of the profession and cannot be ignored entirely. This chapter introduces the concept of algorithms in policing and discusses some of the potential opportunities and threats they pose, and how crime analysts might constructively engage with this latest development in policing.

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Bland, M. (2022). Algorithms. In: Bland, M., Ariel, B., Ridgeon, N. (eds) The Crime Analyst's Companion. Springer, Cham.

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