The researchers in California started with a question: Can algorithms that predict earthquake aftershocks be used to forecast crime?
The answer they found led to advances in predictive policing, a futuristic approach that uses data analysis and artificial intelligence to interrupt crimes before they are committed. Predictive policing has won over police chiefs around the country — and stirred debate among defenders of civil liberties.
Now Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is bringing an architect of the strategy to Baltimore.
Sean Malinowski, a deputy police chief in Los Angeles, has built a national reputation as a forward-thinking commander. Part statistician, part crime...