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Predictive policing : the influence of system-based predictions on advice taking

Herpers, A.S. (2018) Predictive policing : the influence of system-based predictions on advice taking.

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Abstract:The development of technology provides the chance to use fast amounts of data to do work more effectively and efficiently. This also applies for the police and the field of predictive policing, they use vast amounts of data to better predict crime. To be able to work with the data, they use a system called Crime Anticipation System (CAS) to analyse all the data. However, little is known about the interaction between police officers and the system CAS. This study is a quantitative study of the effect of intuition and explanation on level of trust and level of advice taking. By using a questionnaire which contained a fictional scenario police officers were asked about their trust and attitude regarding advice provided by CAS. In total 63 participants between the age of 21 and 65 participated in this study, they were randomly assigned to one of the four scenarios. The overall results showed that attitude is an important predictor for trust and also for advice taking. The results also showed that when the advice is in line with the intuition of a police officer, he or she is more inclined to accept the advice. For future research it might be interesting to see if adding explanation that is tailored to the daily working situation of a police officer will lead to a higher level of advice taking.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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