Program gives police real-time data to fight crime


Software developed by Purdue University students is giving police a new tool to predict where crime might occur.

The "Valet" program took more than four years to develop. It's being deployed to police agencies in several states.

Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly says the program gives police real-time data to work with and can help shrinking departments do more with less.

The program places red spots on a map to indicate where crimes have been committed. It uses police data, court records and social media to track patterns that police can use to beef up patrols at key times.

It also uses algorithms to forecast future criminal activity, with 95 percent certainty.

The program was financed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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