British cops test Minority Report-style system to stop crimes before they happen

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BRITISH cops are using a system to stop crimes BEFORE they happen. Police in Durham are employing artificial intelligence designed to help officers decide whether or not to keep a suspect in custody. Dubbed the Harm Assessment Risk Tool (HART), it predicts the risk of the suspect re-offending by categorising them as low, medium or high risk. The force says the system is due to go live in the next few months, and could be picked up elsewhere in the country before the end of the year. HART is a system developed by University of Cambridge Professor Dr Geoffrey Barnes in a partnership between Durham Constabulary and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Evidence-Based Policing.


Why using AI in policing decisions risks race and class bias

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AI is rocking the world of policing -- and the consequences are still unclear. British police are poised to go live with a predictive artificial intelligence system that will help officers assess the risk of suspects re-offending. It's not Minority Report (yet) but certainly sounds scary. Just like the evil AIs in the movies, this tool has an acronym: HART, which stands for Harm Assessment Risk Tool, and it's going live in Durham after a long trial. The system, which classifies suspects at a low, medium, or high risk of committing a future offence, was tested in 2013 using data that Durham police gathered from 2008 to 2012.


Police can take days to respond to 999 calls, says report

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Some victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes have to wait days to be seen by police officers because 999 calls are not getting a prompt response, a report has found. The Inspectorate of Constabulary said a quarter of forces in England and Wales were often "overwhelmed" by demand. The annual review found instances of police taking days to respond to calls that should be acted on within an hour. Police chiefs said increases in demand had put policing under "real strain". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services' (HMICFRS) annual assessment of police effectiveness said most police forces were doing a good job and keeping the public safe.


Helping police make custody decisions using artificial intelligence

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Police at the "front line" of difficult risk-based judgements are trialling an AI system trained by University of Cambridge criminologists to give guidance using the outcomes of five years of criminal histories.


Durham Police AI to help with custody decisions - BBC News

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Police in Durham are preparing to go live with an artificial intelligence (AI) system designed to help officers decide whether or not a suspect should be kept in custody. The system classifies suspects at a low, medium or high risk of offending and has been trialled by the force. It has been trained on five years' of offending histories data. One expert said the tool could be useful, but the risk that it could skew decisions should be carefully assessed. Data for the Harm Assessment Risk Tool (Hart) was taken from Durham police records between 2008 and 2012.