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CPD FY2014 Optimizing the Use of Video Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $528,957)

This award was competitively made in response to a proposal submitted by the City of Chicago to a National Institute of Justice FY 2014 solicitation, "Optimizing the Use of Video Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes." Chicago proposes to undertake a comprehensive, quantitative, and data-driven optimization of key aspects of video technology and its use in policing. The project will leverage Chicago's vast video surveillance network, noted as the largest such integrated platform in the United States, and its data clearinghouse CLEAR system. The proposed project incorporates a unique and emerging policing strategy known as predictive policing, which constitutes the application of data analytics to police resource allocation and management. Through this established predictive capability, the proposed study seeks to identify data-driven locations for camera resources to reduce crime. Chicago proposes to develop approaches to systematically optimize three major design elements: (1) camera placement and density, (2) camera monitoring, and (3) the use of video analytics. The first will use retrospective statistical and machine-learning analyses of CPD's camera installation and crime data to measure the effect on crime of camera location and density to develop an optimum strategy for placing cameras. The second will statistically optimize the way in which cameras are monitored using prediction models to determine which cameras should be watched at which times for maximum benefit. The third will involve a Request for Demonstrations to quantitatively evaluate commercial video analytics tools to determine the statistical performance of various analytics paradigms in real-world application. The proposed project utilizes both retrospective and prospective experimental designs. The retrospective method is to mine data from Chicago's noteworthy CLEAR system and explore pre/post impacts of camera installation into different areas. The prospective method is to identify areas where mobile cameras (PODS) can be deployed to reduce crime. This deployment will be data-driven and conducted on a real-time/ass-needed basis depending on crime dynamics. Differences pre/post treatment will be determined through econometric modeling. Chicago also proposes to develop a database of video sequences for use in training officers to monitor cameras and perform statistical evaluations, and to develop future enhancements to video analytics technology. This project will be funded incrementally, with the effort funded in FY14 representing the first phase. ca/ncf

Date Created: September 14, 2014