SpotCrime Weekly Reads: UK revisits AI crime prediction, weather affects crime rate, DNA testing

DNA testing is coming in handy to solve crimes, robots commit more crimes than humans by 2040, community policing, bail reform reduces crime rate, AI crime prediction software gets a closer look, body cam transparency, and more...


This City’s Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It? (NYTimes)

New Hamilton police chief focuses on community aspect of policing (

LCSO Debuts 'Real Time Crime Center,' Allowing Analysts To Monitor Video Feeds Across County (WJCT)

Boston Police Chief Unleashes on ACLU After Officers’ Integrity Gets Questioned (The Western Journal)

For framing innocent black men, a Florida police chief gets three years in prison (Miami Herald)


Stay Cool: A Warmer Winter Means More Crime, Warns Study (

School Threat App Sees Wide Adoption in Suffolk County, N.Y. (Government Technology)

'Home is most likely place for women to get killed', new UN study finds (EuroNews)

Homicide rate climbs as Clarksdale police tackle internal issues, staff shortage (Mississippi Today)

Violent Crimes Down in DC, But Homicides Are Up 42 Percent (NBC Washington)

Study shows victim advocate program helps conviction rate (Farmington Daily Times)

Hate crimes spiked in 2017. Community advocates think there's even more. (NBC News)


The Trouble With Trusting AI to Interpret Police Body-Cam Video (IEEE Spectrum)

This new weapon alerts police as soon as it’s fired (Washington Post)

British Cops Are Building an AI That Flags People for Crimes That Haven't Happened Yet (Gizmodo) see also: Kent Police stop using crime predicting software  (Telegraph) and also: How effective is AI crime prediction? Evaluating our London crime prediction model (Dataconomy)

How rapid DNA testing quickly connects criminals to their crimes  (ABC4) see also: Police solve 50-year-old murder of Harvard student using DNA, ancestry database (AJC)

Robots will outnumber humans in committing crimes by 2040, claims expert (India Today)

Scammers are changing the contact details for banks on Google Maps to defraud people (Business Insider)


In a first, FBI to begin collecting national data on police use of force (CBSNews)

Protesters call for boycott after Alabama mall shooting, demand release of body cam footage (

Buffalo Police urged to be transparent as they develop bodycam policy (WBFO)


Crime Rates Plunge in New Jersey, And Bail Reform Advocates Are Gloating (WNYC)

Project underway in Lane County to keep ex-criminals housed, crime-free (The Register-Guard)

We Need Stronger, Not More Simplified, Approach to Reducing Racial Disparities (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)

Four things to know about Dallas County's new plan to determine bail with algorithms (Dallas News)


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