Public safety has gone through some significant changes since modern technology started to play a more significant role in our lives. Government departments and agencies have been relying more heavily on data analysis to supply them with the information they need to conduct their business or deliver services to citizens.
The only problem is that data is expanding at a rate that is difficult to match in pace, in due part because of constraints in budgets and resources.
Nonetheless, data analysis remains a valuable tool – particularly when it comes to crime prediction and prevention. So how can organizations that deal in public safety take full advantage of analytics with limited staff resources, and without breaking the bank?
Integration of information sources is the first step. Law enforcement deals with so many streams of information every day – incidents, calls, and arrests, for example – that finding a way to streamline them is vital.
By applying analytics to these data streams, it then becomes possible to establish patterns and connections between suspects and other individuals, events, and locations. It’s these connections that give law enforcement professionals a more complete view of the cases they’re trying to solve.
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