Expert Roundtable: Predictive Policing in the Netherlands

In February 2020 we organised an expert roundtable on the issue of Predictive Policing. Predictive policing refers to policing tactics that use advanced analysis to inform forward-thinking crime prevention. Predictive policing software focuses on preventing crime by forecasting where certain crimes will occur so that law enforcement will be better placed to respond to and potentially prevent these crimes. These technological advancements in policing also create a new set of issues and unintended consequences that policy makers should consider. Without careful consideration, such technologies may to lead to increased surveillance of poor, urban majority-minority communities, without having a noticeable impact on accountability or public safety.