In this Feb. 11, 2019 photo, Shutt, who works in the New York Police Department's Office of Crime Control Strategies, poses for a photo in New York. (AP/Mark Lennihan)
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The software, dubbed Patternizr, allows crime analysts stationed in each of the department's 77 precincts to compare robberies, larcenies and thefts to hundreds of thousands of crimes logged in the NYPD's database, transforming their hunt for crime patterns with the click of a button.In testing, it accurately re-created old crime patterns one-third of the time and returned parts of patterns 80 percent of the time."The real advantage of the tool is that we minimize the amount of leg work and busy work that analysts or detectives have to do and really allow them to leverage their expertise and their experience in going through a much smaller list of results," said Chohlas-Wood, now the deputy director of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab at Stanford University.In the past, analysts worked only with crimes in their precinct, making it difficult or even impossible for them to spot patterns in other parts of the city.
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