Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Monday January 11, 2016

The Police Are Now Calculating Your Threat ‘Score’

Much like a credit score, police are now using a "threat" score to determine a suspect’s potential for violence. I'm guessing a higher score isn't better.

While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect’s potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report. The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social- media postings. It calculated his threat level as the highest of three color-coded scores: a bright red warning.

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