Predictive policing: The risks associated with risk assessment

L. Strikwerda*

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Focusing on the Dutch tools SyRI and CAS, this paper describes predictive policing against the background of the broader development toward a pre-crime society, the accompanying culture of control and the new penal logic it gives rise to. It will explain the risks associated with the risk assessments predictive policing tools provide and end with the recommendation to use predictive policing not only for police deployment, but also to target problem-oriented responses to crime to the right persons and places.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-436
Number of pages15
JournalThe Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
Issue number3
Early online date6 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021


  • Predictive policing
  • pre-crime society
  • transparency


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