Innovative use of business intelligence (BI) has helped the Virginia Police Department slash crime in half and win it Gartner’s BI Excellence Award.
A cocktail of Information Builder’s Webfocus, predictive analysts form SPSS and geographic information mapping from ESRI has helped the police department predict the likelihood of crime in each city area.
Scrutinising information about arrest records, present and past data, location, weather and public events has enabled the department to predict possible crime problem areas.
“To date, our officers have arrested 16 fugitives and confiscated 18 guns with the new system. In the first week of May 2006, we had no homicides, compared with three in the same week in 2005. We attribute this and many other success rates to the ability to target areas where crimes might occur and deploy officers,” revealed Rodney Monroe, chief of the Richmond Police Department.
Crime has dropped 49% and the number of 911 calls has tailed off since implementing the system.
Virginia beat off competition from 1,000 nominations and finalists engine manufacturer Cummins and retailer JC Penney to win the Gartner award.
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