How Analytics Helps Crime Fighters

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 11-23-2015 Email

Law enforcement’s ability to use data and technology to battle crime is one of the most significant developments in policing. According to a new study, 88% of U.S. law enforcement officials believe that big data analytics has significant potential to fight crime. Yet nearly two-thirds do not use analytics because of budget constraints. The survey, "The Second Annual Wynyard Group Advanced Crime Analytics Survey," was conducted by the Wynyard Group, which makes crime-fighting software. The survey polled 450 police chiefs, federal investigators, analysts and other law enforcement officials. "Law enforcement resources are stretched thin, both in terms of budget and manpower, and there is a continual push to do more with less," said Derek Brown, vice president of the Americas at Wynyard, "The survey data clearly show that law enforcement believes analytics and intelligence-led policing can do that."

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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