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Predictive Policing and Artificial Intelligence

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ISBN 9780367210984
February 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

This edited text draws together the insights of numerous worldwide eminent academics to evaluate the condition of predictive policing and artificial intelligence (AI) as interlocked policy areas. Predictive and AI technologies are growing in prominence and at an unprecedented rate. Powerful digital crime mapping programmes are being used to identify crime hotspots in real-time, as pattern-matching and search algorithms are sorting through huge police databases filled with growing volumes of data in an effort to identify high-risk people, intelligence and evidence. Facial and vehicle recognition cameras are locating criminals as they move, while police services develop strategies informed by machine learning programmes and other kinds of predictive analytics. Many of these innovations are features of modern policing in the U.K, the U.S and Australia, among other jurisdictions.

AI, in particular, promises to reduce unnecessary labour, speed up various forms of police work, encourage police organisations to more efficiently apportion their resources, and enable police officers to prevent crime and protect people from a variety of future harms. However, the promises of predictive and AI technologies and innovations do not always match reality. They often have significant weaknesses, come at a considerable cost and require challenging trade-offs to be made. Focusing on the U.K, the U.S. and Australia, this book explores themes of choice architecture, decision making, human rights, accountability and the rule of law, as well as future uses of AI and predictive technologies in various policing contexts. The text contributes to ongoing debates on the benefits and biases of predictive algorithms, big data sets, machine learning systems and broader policing strategies.

Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars of policing, criminology, crime science, sociology, computer science, cognitive psychology and all those interested in the emergence of AI as a feature of contemporary policing.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1.The Future of AI in Policing: Exploring the sociotechnical imaginaries  Part One: Bias and Big Data  2.Predictive Policing through Risk Assessment  3.Policing, AI and Choice Architecture  4.What Big Data in Health Care Can Teach Us About Predictive Policing  5.Artificial Intelligence and Online Extremism: Challenges and Opportunities  6.Predictive Policing and Criminal Law  Part Two: Police Accountability and Human Rights  7.Accountability and indeterminacy in predictive policing  8.Machine learning predictive algorithms and the policing of future crimes: governance and oversight  9.'Algorithmic impropriety' in UK policing contexts: A developing narrative?  10.Big Data Policing: Governing the Machines?  11.Decision-Making: Using technology to enhance learning in police officers  Conclusion



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John L.M. McDaniel teaches and researches within the University of Wolverhampton Department of Social Science, Inclusion and Public Protection and is an active member of the University’s Law Research Centre.

Ken G. Pease is a Professor in Policing at the University of Derby. He has written numerous books on policing, psychology and crime science.