Inside Comstat: A rare look at how Baltimore Police mine crime data in an effort to fight violence

The Baltimore Sun
May 3, 2017
Comstat is where police use hard data and predictive modeling to shape deployments and make tactical decisions. But it’s also where they talk shop like real cops, discuss raw intelligence about suspects who have yet to be charged, note trends and connections between cases, and openly state what they know — which is a lot — and don’t know about the street crime playing out all around them. It’s a place rarely penetrated by outsiders. At last week’s meeting, The Baltimore Sun was granted exclusive access.


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