Chicago police using new crime-fighting tool

August 8, 2010 (CHICAGO) It's called Predictive Analytics. Data on crimes is combined with human intelligence to zero-in on places where crime is most likely to occur. That helps the department decide where to put its resources.

Predictive Analysis was launched at the end of April, and Weis says the department is already seeing positive results.

"If you can predict crime, even on a 50-percent basis, that goes a long way as you're deploying your resources. And it can put you one step ahead of the criminals, which is what we're trying to do," Weis said.

The department has formed a predictive analysis group. CPD says it is always working with the Illinois Institute of Technology to develop models for predictive policing.

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