Tagged: police

Mind-reading technology should not be used to solve crime - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 26, 2017

By Paul McGorrery, Deakin University There is growing interest in the potential for a technology known as brain fingerprinting to be used in the fight against crime and terrorism, but it’s far from reliable. Its use without consent violates human rights. And importantly, the technology (as it currently exists) can be tricked. Brain fingerprinting seeks to … Read More

Police muzzles? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 25, 2015

There’s a strong academic freedom case against the kinds of restrictions that the New Zealand Police, and other government agencies, put on the use of data. But it’s not quite as clear-cut as it might seem. Jarrod Gilbert is New Zealand’s leading expert in crime and gangs. Between him and  Greg Newbold, there’s not much the Canterbury sociology team don’t know … Read More

Police benefits - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 05, 2015

More evidence that the elasticity of crime with respect to police numbers is around -0.3.Klick and Tabarrok previously used terror alert status changes to identify the effect of police numbers on crime in Washington, DC. This time, MacDonald, Klick and Grunwald use a geographic regression discontinuity design to identify effects where, on one side of the line, you … Read More

Stat Juking revisited - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 16, 2014

I'd reckoned you'd need a bit of stats-fu to find evidence of police juking of the crime statistics. Turns out there was an easier way. Bevan Hurley reports that the Herald on Sunday got a copy of a report showing that Counties Manukau police had been fiddling the burglary numbers by recoding burglaries as less serious offences. About 700 burglaries … Read More