LAPD pulls back on data-driven policing

LAPD has been at the forefront of predictive policing focused on hot spots and repeat offenders, using algorithms and programs such as PredPol and LASER. Community activists have criticized the approach as biased, and a city inspector general review found inconsistent criteria, lack of oversight, and weak evidence of effectiveness. The department has now agreed to suspend the LASER program while it reassesses the data, as reported here, with the chief commenting “Crime reduction strategies are never static. We will continue to learn and evolve in our work.”

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