Data Analytics Helps Fight Crime in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Stopping crime before it happens may sound like the plot of a fictitious drama TV series, but the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Police Department has deployed a new analytics tool to make the concept a reality.
Earlier this month, the Police Department began piloting a data analysis tool, developed by IBM, that can harness information beyond what’s typically within reach for local law enforcement. Traditionally public safety agencies focus on gathering data from criminal justice databases to help with operations like solving crimes, said Jim Lingerfelt, a senior ...

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