Justice bureau deploys more predictive analytics software

The Justice Department has deployed additional predictive analytics tools from SPSS in an effort to find culprits of crimes nationwide.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, which collects, analyzes and disseminates information about crime, offenders and victims for federal, state and local policy-makers, has begun using the software to analyze and produce reports on important crime-related data.

The bureau uses the software to analyze crimes with similar characteristics to determine whether the perpetrators of one might be suspects in others, said Arlene Garcia, vice president of North American public-sector sales at SPSS.

The bureau collects and analyzes data from Justice's forensic crime labs, local law enforcement agencies and some court cases.

“If you are a criminal that has been involved in multiple crimes and you use a revolver as your weapon, you’re going to be clustered with those people who show exactly the same characteristics,” Garcia said. The software can identify members of a cluster who deviate from the norm, she added, such as a criminal who usually uses a revolver but occasionally brandishes a shotgun.

The bureau’s analysts collect the data, analyze it using SPSS, and then publish and disseminate information based on the model derived from the analysis.

Garcia said Justice has been a SPSS client for about 10 years, while the bureau has used the company’s products for six and a half years.

Local law enforcement agencies are also using the software to find patterns in crime data, she said.

For example, Garcia said the Richmond, Va., Police Department used the software to better determine where potentially major crimes would occur during certain times so they could better deploy their officers. She said the department was able to significantly reduce the number of officers it needed during some holidays by deploying them in what they considered to be higher crime areas.

Atlanta’s police department used the software to link suspects with certain incidents. When a crime matched what a particular suspect was doing or had done in the past, the department was able to call and question those suspects.

Marc Brailov, SPSS’ senior director of corporate communications, said the predictive analytic software market – including data mining and business intelligence -- is projected to reach $3 billion by 2009.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.