Predictive policing making inroads into Canada despite civil liberty concerns
Predictive policing involves data mining information that police and government agencies track to help give authorities an idea of where crime is likely to occur.
More Moneyball than Minority Report, predictive policing identifies patterns and plays with probabilities but it doesn't pinpoint the future.
The Vancouver Police Department is in the early stages of a pilot project and last month the Saskatchewan Police Predictive Analytics Laboratory was officially launched in Saskatoon.
Our guests this segment:
- Stephen Wormith is a professor of psychology and director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He believes the data from predictive policing will help reduce crime.
- Faiza Patel, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, says we need to be cautious to make sure predictive policing doesn't lead to racial profiling.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.