Baltimore police to launch 'predictive policing' strategy

Baltimore police to launch 'predictive policing' strategy

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says big changes are in store for the Baltimore Police Department and its crime-fighting initiatives.

Under the leadership of new police commissioner Darryl De Sousa, the city is trying to move toward "predictive policing."

The mayor told FOX45 new tools are on the way to help.

Over the last three months, the mayor has been meeting daily with a representative from every department under her control to combat violence in the city.

"Day-to-day violence is something this city has to focus on," said Pugh.

She told FOX45 Thursday morning that the plan is working, with "homicides down by 20 percent, non-fatal shootings down by 48 percent."

"We have a new initiative starting next week, 'predictive policing,'" she said.

The city is bringing in a deputy police chief from Los Angeles who's built a national reputation in predictive policing.

He helped Chicago open high-tech nerve centers in violent neighborhoods, reducing the city's violent crime.

According to the National Institute of Justice, "predictive policing tries to harness the power of information, geospatial technologies and evidence-based intervention models to reduce crime and improve public safety."

The mayor cites his arrival and additional equipment to expand data-collecting as ways to reduce crime.

Sean Malinowski, from Los Angeles, is expected to be in Baltimore by the end of the week.

The mayor has not responded to FOX45's request for an implementation timeline.

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