Jeralyn at TalkLeft received this from the Department of Justice:
The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance are hosting a symposium November 18-20, 2009, to explore the potential for implementing predictive policing strategies to help make communities safer. Predictive policing integrates data analysis with law enforcement strategies and tactics. To find out how best to apply predictive policing approaches, the DOJ is supporting a number of police departments nationwide in demonstrations, or field experiments, designed to test the effectiveness of various predictive policing strategies and techniques.
Without greater drug policy reform, I somehow doubt that “predictive policing” is going to lead us to improved policing. It seems much more likely to lead to an additional excuse for suspicion-less searches of black youths in urban areas, with any “minority reports” conveniently suppressed.