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Patternizr (software for disclosure of crimes)

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Developers: New York City Police Department (New York Police Department, NYPD)
Date of the premiere of the system: December, 2016
Branches: Government and social institutions

2019: The first information on use of software

In March, 2019 it became known that the New York City Police Department uses more than two years the software with elements of artificial intelligence which looks for similar crimes and helps to reveal them.

According to Associated Press, the solution under the name Patternizr which was implemented in December, 2016 after two years of development by forces of police allows criminalists in each of 77 police stations in New York to compare robberies, theft and thefts with hundreds of thousands of crimes registered in the police database, turning process of search of patterns in crimes into clicking of one button.

The New York City Police Department began to use AI software which looks for similar crimes for their fast disclosure
The New York City Police Department began to use AI software which looks for similar crimes for their fast disclosure

The "smart" algorithm studies crimes and finds coincidence much quicker in comparison with manual processing: specialists do not need to browse numerous reports any more, to understand key parts of crime and to define handwriting of criminals.

Besides, if criminalists look for patterns in crimes only on the section, then the computer covers affairs on all city.

For training of an algorithm the templates of crimes made within 10 years were used. At the same time at data analysis the program does not consider race of suspects in order to avoid charges of discrimination. The basis of development was formed by the ideas of a team of researchers from the University of New York which were not realized in a type of an operable algorithm.

The New York police note that Patternizr proved the efficiency more than once. For example, software could connect among themselves two robberies which were committed in two different corners of New York with a difference in two weeks. The criminal was delivered by his unusual weapon — the syringe by which it intimidated personnel of Home Depot shop.[1]

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The easier we will be able to reveal patterns of these crimes, the quicker we can find and delay criminals — the assistant commissioner of the New York City Police Department on data analysis Evan Levine told journalists.
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