With access to better data and more advanced analysis, police departments around the country are engaging in predictive policing. These systems allow agencies to detect patterns in crime and use their resources more effectively, but departments must be prepared to maximize their effects.
Once departments get indications of potential problem times and areas, they must ensure that they have the available personnel and equipment to effectively respond. That's where public safety workforce management software can augment predictive policing systems. As crime patterns become evident, agency leaders using workforce software can rely on real-time information to better address staffing, areas of responsibilities and decisions regarding overtime.
When the analytics point to a possible surge in crime in certain areas for example, workforce management software can help leaders maximize their staffing efforts. When used with CAD dispatch systems, officers with specific skills or essential equipment can be efficiently deployed. Personnel can be quickly reassigned or called back to handle critical situations. And overtime assignment rules can be factored in to help control agency cost. It's an ideal complement to predictive policing solutions.
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