Could Big Data Unlock the Potential of Predictive Policing?

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It’s hard to imagine a nation without an organized police force, but in truth, it’s a fairly modern invention. Crime was once handled locally, often by volunteers and by the will of the ruling power, and it was only in 1829 that the first large-scale, professional force came to be — London’s Metropolitan Police Service, created by Parliamentarian Sir Robert Peel.

These police, nicknamed “peelers” or “bobbies” after their creator, wore uniforms selected to make them look more lik

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