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LAPD To Stop Using Predictive Policing Tool

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The Los Angeles Police Department has announced it is dropping its use of PredPol’s predictive policing tool — which the company claims uses artificial intelligence to predict where property crime will happen.

PredPol, the company, has claimed its algorithms could predict crime in 500-by-500-foot city plots — and that by sending police to these areas, it could help prevent crimes before they happen. Police departments around the country and agencies from California, Washington, Utah, and Georgia have signed up to test it.

The LAPD was one of its early adopters and signed a contract with the company in 2011.

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