Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Predictive Policing

  • Craig D. UchidaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_260



Predictive policing is a new concept for law enforcement in the twenty-first century. While still in its infancy and relatively untested, predictive policing has the potential to change the way in which law enforcement deals with crime and victims. This entry describes predictive policing in terms of its definition and roots, the theories and models that have been developed, applications in law enforcement, and the issues that surround it.

Conceptually, predictive policing involves the use of data and predictive analytics to predict or forecast where and when the next crime or series of crimes will take place. The concept has engendered new terminology in law enforcement. “Predictive analytics,” “data mining,” “nonobvious relationships,” and “predictive spatial analysis” are among the new phrases used by chief executives, policy makers, and researchers to describe aspects of predictive policing. These and other phrases will be...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Justice and Security Strategies, Inc.Silver SpringUSA