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  • Salt Lake Tribune Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2023

    How USU is using data to improve its policing

    Utah State University’s new “predictive policing” model might at first sound like the plot of “Minority Report.”

    But the school says it’s far less dystopian than the 2002 sci-fi thriller, and much more about predicting needs like which football games might require more officers on patrol or figuring out where students are reporting the highest levels of concerns and why.

    “It’s been phenomenal,” said Blair Barfuss, the recent police chief at USU. “We started having answers that I never anticipated seeing. And it’s all data-driven.”

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