CNN Reports that many police agencies are experimenting with a sophisticated computer program called PREDPOL that can predict future criminal conduct (cue the sound of ominous otherworldly music over police sirens) by using patterns of crime, prior criminal behavior, locations of prior crimes and relevant sociological cultural information. Sounds like Clearwater Criminal Attorneys, if not Orwell, would have a field day debunking this as a secret big brother intervention especially if it proved effective.
Yet stopping future crime by effective use of known criminal conduct sounds so new and modern, doesn’t it? Not quite. The ideas behind this have been around for many years. Florida law enforcement and police agencies should simply watch old episodes of The Andy Griffith Show to find out about how to find and how to handle future crime.