Using data science to confront policing challenges

Time of predictive analytics and data science has arrived. It has the potential to equip police departments and citizens around the world with the intelligence they need to predict crime both in real time and in the future. With advanced analytics capabilities that we use such as Microsoft Power BI, Stream Analytics, and Machine Learning, police departments now have the capability to predict when and where crimes will happen in the future. By building a crime analytics and predictions Power BI dashboard, law enforcement agencies can take advantage of predictive policing approaches to bring about safer cities.

Law enforcement agencies and police can use the Power BI dashboard to view the likelihood of crimes happening in various parts of your city based on different factors including the weather patterns, traffic, month, day and time of day. We can also see the predicted frequency of specific crimes, clicking on each type of crime to view where it’s likely to occur. By clicking on a map of the city, for example, police officers can see what crimes are most likely to happen by neighborhood at different times of the day and night. Also, police officers can use the dashboard to view historical crime trends, and compare these trends to what’s predicted for the future. The dashboard has enormous implications for law enforcement. They can arrive at the scene more prepared, better protecting themselves and their communities. They also have greater insight into why crimes occur in the first place, giving them the tools required to prevent crimes before they occur. By assigning the appropriate number of police officers and needed resources at the right place at the right time, police departments can save millions of dollars.