The ‘Uberization of Policing’? How Police Negotiate and Operationalise Predictive Policing Technology

Predictive policing generally refers to police work that utilises strategies, algorithmic technologies, and big data to generate near-future predictions about the people and places deemed likely to be involved in or experience crime. Claimed benefits of predictive policing centre on the technology’s ability to enable pre-emptive police work by automating police decisions. The goal is that officers will rely on computer software and smartphone applications to instruct them about where and who to police just as Uber drivers rely on similar technologies to instruct them about where to pick up passengers. Unfortunately, little is known about the experiences of the in-field users of predictive technologies. In this article, Ajay Sandhu and Pete Fussey address this under researched area of how police officers engage with predictive technologies.  Published in Policing and Society on 4 August 2020.