Charleston Police Department Aims to Reduce Crime Using IBM Predictive Analytics

    Charleston Police Department Aims to Reduce Crime Using IBM Predictive

New Pilot Program to Help City Improve Public Safety, Reduce Costs and get the
right information into the hands of the officers that need it most

PR Newswire

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 11,2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Charleston Police
Department (CPD) in South Carolina is working with IBM(NYSE: IBM)to assist
the city's more than 400 police officers to more accurately evaluate and
forecast crime patterns. The department is using IBM predictive analytics
software to better allocate its resources and identify criminal hot spots to
prevent crime and increase public safety.

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Over the past five years, the City of Charleston has worked to continue to
reduce crime in an ongoing commitment to create a safer environment for the
city's residents and visitors through a variety of initiatives, including
implementing a robust crime analysis system, increasing focused patrol
strategies using weekly crime meetings to identify "hot spots", and the
introduction of new technology to capture and disseminate information quickly
to enhance officer situational awareness and productivity.

Today, working with IBM, the CPD is broadening its commitment to create a
safer environment for the city's residents and visitors by applying predictive
analytics software that analyzes past and present crime records in seconds and
evaluates incident and arrest patterns throughout the city.

While the initial focus of the project is to reduce robberies, the CPD plans
to broaden the scope to help the department be more effective in "hotspot"
policing. By centralizing of all the information the CPD has at its disposal
including analyzing past and present criminal data and patterns, the
department will have a more holistic view of where crime is trending and allow
the department to deploy officers to these areas to prevent crimes before they

For example, burglaries often cluster in terms of time and location; the
individuals committing these crimes tend to have predictable patterns, and
incidents usually take place near their homes or familiar locations. In
addition, property crimes are not displaceable crimes, which means the
criminals won't simply move two miles to another location.

"Criminals continue to evolve and so must we in order to keep pace and reduce
the criminal activity that impacts Charleston residents and visitors," Chief
of Police, Gregory Mullen said. "Having worked with the IBM team to initiate
the pilot project using the predictive analytics technology, we are already
seeing the potential value from this approach. It will help us provide
critical information to the officers in the field and will allow us to gain
greater insight across operations to improve public safety."

Through predictive analytics, the CPD will be able to augment its officers'
years of experience and knowledge and provide them with a more in-depth method
of looking at crime trends by centralizing previously disparate information
including patrols, types of criminal offenses that are trending, time of day,
day of week and even weather conditions.

"Historically, police agencies focused on protecting the community by solving
crimes quickly to serve as a deterrent to would-be criminals," Mark Cleverley,
IBM global director of Public Safety solutions said. "Technology has proven to
be a force multiplier that is helping solve crimes more quickly or to prevent
them all together, and improve the way citizens are being served and resources
are allocated."

Charleston joins the ranks of cities like New York, Rochester, Las Vegas,
Memphis, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Northern Ireland and many others that are
taking advantage of technology to establish Smarter Cities. This approach is
helping to improve public safety and services for citizens.

The Charleston Police Department project is another example of the enormous
promise new technologies hold to enable public officials to better manage
their vast array of data and resources. IBM has more than 2,000 Smarter Cities
engagements underway around the world, helping municipalities manage public
services such as crime, emergency response, traffic and water systems more

The Charleston Police Department is currently using IBM i2 Coplink technology
and is piloting the IBM SPSS predictive analytics technology.

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Media Contacts:

Kristen Dattoli
IBM Media Relations

Scott Cook
IBM Media Relations

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