How the shift to predictive policing influences police work practices

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Abstract

We present the first results of an inductive study in the beginning stages addressing the consequences of the shift to analytics technologies for daily work practices. The study is grounded in the empirical case of the shift to “predictive policing” within the Dutch Police. We specifically focus on examining the use of the “Criminal Anticipation System” (CAS), a predictive policing technology developed in-house by the Dutch Police and rolled out in four police stations in the Netherlands in 2014. By the end of 2017, 90 out of 168 Dutch police departments were using CAS and the police organization aims to use it across all 168 by the end of 2018. The preliminary themes emerging from the data include: (1) the changing nature of expertise of intelligence officers and operational police officers in relation to algorithmic outputs (e.g., intelligence officers – behind computer screens – decide for operational police officers what themes are important to focus on in the streets for the next week), (2) the role of algorithms to understand crime (e.g., searching for patterns of criminal behavior that were previously indiscernible), and (3) the impact of digital traces on the occupational status of the intelligence officers (e.g., intelligence officers leveling with criminal investigators).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Apr 2018
EventABRI Research Seminar - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 Apr 20184 Apr 2018

Seminar

SeminarABRI Research Seminar
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period4/04/184/04/18

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