In a bid to increase public confidence in the criminal justice system, researchers at the University of Michigan are trying to use new technology to provide more accurate crime-prediction data, according to The Washington Post.
The technology is called “proximate reinforcement,” and it’s aimed at helping police and prosecutors improve the accuracy of their information.
The University of Michigans researchers have developed an app called Proximate Recruit that will allow them to collect and analyze data from all of the police agencies in the state of Michigan.
The app will also allow them a direct connection to local police agencies, and it will be able to tell them when they have received reports of crimes.
Police officers in Michigan will also be able see the number of crimes that have been reported by their colleagues in the field, the Post reported.
Proximatum is not the first criminal justice research project to combine predictive analytics and technology, but the project is different in many ways, said the paper’s lead author, Dr. Daniel J. Miller.
ProXimatum “will be a significant leap forward in our understanding of how police officers interact with the public, and what the outcomes of these interactions will be,” Miller said.
“It’s an example of an innovative research tool that may help us better understand how to improve the quality of criminal investigations, as well as improve the effectiveness of the criminal enforcement system.”
According to Miller, police officers across the country are looking to the app as a way to understand how their interactions with the community affects the way the public perceives them, and that data will help them better identify and solve crime.
“When we get to the point where we can collect more accurate data on the people who are doing the police work, then we will have a better idea of who is most effective in their field,” Miller told The Post.
“If they can actually understand who is the best person to respond to a specific crime, that’s when we will start to see a better relationship with the communities.”
The University’s research project has received the support of the National Science Foundation.
According to the AP, the researchers will use the app to determine whether police officers are more likely to give a suspect an officer’s badge number or other identifying information in response to a crime, and then determine whether the crime is occurring in a certain geographic area.
The researchers will also use the data to improve crime detection, as they hope to use it to determine which departments are most likely to use the software to track down suspects.
“We think this is a really promising step toward understanding how people interact with police, how they behave with the police, and how their criminal behavior affects the criminal investigation,” Miller explained to the newspaper.
“Ultimately, we want to make that information available to police departments and prosecutors in other parts of the country and help them make better decisions.”