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Predictive policing used in multi-agency operation across the Medway Towns to pinpoint crimes

Police have teamed up with Medway Council community wardens, environmental enforcement, Medway Council licensing, HMRC and Kent Fire and Rescue Service on a number of patrols which used predictive policing technology in the Towns.

Officers took to the streets armed with maps and data supplied by the predictive policing system, which analyses information to identify areas where crime and anti-social behaviour are most likely to occur.

Predictive Policing was introduced to the force in December 2011.

Officers used predictive policing methods in the Towns.
Officers used predictive policing methods in the Towns.

It is an intelligence led computer programme which uses an algorithm to pin-point officers to zones where crime is most likely to occur.

Predictive policing was rolled out countywide in April 2013.

The patrol, last Wednesday, resulted in a suspected stolen motorcycle being recovered from the Luton area, a woman being arrested on suspicion of robbery and another suspected stolen motorcycle being found on fire, this has now been sent for forensic examination.

One person was given a nuisance vehicle warning after found to be using a motorcycle in an anti-social way.

If they are caught again, police will have the power to seize their vehicle.

The computer system highlighting crime hotspots
The computer system highlighting crime hotspots

In addition to this, a Chatham off-licence was found to be breaching their licence conditions by selling super strength alcohol and another shop was found to be selling non-duty paid alcohol.

Both shops will now have their licences reviewed.

Sergeant Adam Duke, who coordinated the day said: “For us, the day was business as usual, and we patrol the streets like this regularly.

“However it was useful to be out and about with our partner agencies, and joining together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

The computer system highlights crime hotspots
The computer system highlights crime hotspots

“Predictive policing uses modern technology alongside officers on the beat, who police what they see and are able to engage with communities.

“The patrol was successful in doing that and was able to demonstrate to other agencies how we are making the best of every available resource to us to maximise the policing presence whilst being successful in deterring crime.”

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