Can Big Data Help Head Off Police Misconduct?

An officer who’s been under stress after responding to cases of domestic abuse or suicide may be at higher risk of a negative interaction with the public, a data scientist says. Big data has been considered an essential tool for tech companies and political campaigns. Now, someone who’s handled data analytics at the highest levels in both of those worlds sees promise for it in policing, education and city services. For example, data can show that a police officer who’s been under stress after responding to cases of domestic abuse or suicide may be at higher risk of a negative interaction with the public, data scientist Rayid Ghani says. Ghani, the chief data scientist for President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, is now director of the Center for Data Science‚Ķ


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