The Chicago police have announced that they will be deploying a computer program which will put specific block to block data in the hands of officers on the streets to identify potential hot spots throughout the city. The computer system will start operations next week. The computer will generate data which will identify specific blocks where violence is brewing and deploy strategic police units to those specific locations to help prevent the violence from occurring. Deputy police chiefs will be overseeing the computers and receiving updates twice a day. This is important because the police have found that most violent crimes occur in less than 9 percent of all the blocks in the city. It is thought that this program is in response to the recent spike in the number of violent crimes that have occurred as the summer temperatures have arrived sooner than usual.
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