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Florida Sheriff’s ‘Intelligence-Led Policing’ Effort Is Nothing More Than A Targeted Harassment Program

The Pasco County( FL) Sheriff's Office has been using a quasi-"pre-crime" program for years, supposedly as part of its overall "public safety" acts. But it hasn't done much more than give officers an excuse to hassle beings. It may publicly claim it's a smarter shape of law enforcement that forms better expend of limited resources to target problem areas and parties. But it isn't. And the Sheriff's Office knows it.

In reality, it's about besetting beings until they "sue or move." That's what the Office says about the programme behind closed doors. People the software says are more lowered to commit crimes are visited by representatives several times a month. In addition to angling for warrantless scours of people's homes, agents publication citations for bullshit like uncut lawns or missing mailbox numbers.

The planned has taken up residence in local schools. In violation of federal ordinance, the Pasco County Sheriff has been collecting information about students, dropping it into a spreadsheet, and testifying adolescents to be criminals-in-the-making. Being said a pre-criminal then subjects entire families to the same sort of harassment detailed above, with the expected predicate being things like low-pitched positions, missed school day, and being a victim or witness of family violence.

This program is now under investigation by the US Department of Education. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is also being indicted over the program, which is one of the signs of the program's success according to the Office's own statements( "move or sue" ).

Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar of NBC News spend some time with one of the plaintiffs, Robert Jones. Jones and his family moved to Gulf Harbors, Florida, hoping to give his son a clean disintegrate from some previous delinquency and a new start in a brand-new clas. But that program was interrupted by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Five months after Robert Jones, a 44 -year-old aerospace process auditor, to come to what he described as the “really nice” neighborhood of Gulf Harbors in Pasco County, Florida, with his wife and four boys, “seven or eight” police cars proved up at his entrance.

Officers said they had heard about his then-1 6-year-old lad Bobby’s school delinquency from collaborators in Pinellas County, where their own families previously lived, and just wanted to make sure he understood matters the Pasco Sheriff’s Office did things a little differently, Jones recollected.

Apparently, bulletin traveled fast. And these representatives moved faster. Shortly after committing Jones in discussion, representatives were enrolling his son's room, excavating through his belongings. They procured a few empty baggies which be positive for dopes. They imprisoned Jones' son for three weeks before the justice dumped the action due to there being a lack of a "measurable amount" of marijuana.

At that spot, his son had only been at his new school for a week before his education was interrupted by Pasco County's "pre-crime" platform. And that was only the beginning. The hassle continued.

After Bobby was liberated, a monthslong ordeal followed, which Jones described as a “horror story” of police showing up at the family home, sometimes multiple times a day or in the midst of the light, to inquire about Bobby or ask to enter the residence. Any term there was a crime in the neighborhood, such as a burglary, Bobby was a suspect. On some instances, was reflected in a dispute filed in March by Jones and others targeted bythe Pasco Sheriff’s Office, as countless as 18 men would show up at the home, “banging on windows and squealing at his young daughters while they only conceal under the bed.”

Even Jones himself wasn't immune. Representative said the Office was interested in his son. But Jones was arrested five times by lieutenants, who managed to secure zero convictions. His house was probed multiple times and his telephones and computers were hijacked. He was cited multiple times for uncut grass, missing mailbox numbers, and for having a jet ski parked in his driveway. Jones eventually decided to leave town.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Office has been playing defense. It claims it flouted no constitutions but too drastically modified its information sharing agreement with Pasco County institutions to align it with federal privacy constitutions. And it claims the months of provocation of the Jones family had nothing to do with "pre-crime" or "predictive policing." But the Office is being obtuse, attempting to allow strict definitions of certain names to purge it.

It indicated by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office utilized historic data to “work with those who have shown a consistent structure of piquing to attempt to break the repetition of recidivism...”

But that's what predictive policing is: estimations based on historical data -- data that's almost always tainted by years of biased patrolling. And that's not the end of the Office's seeming dishonesty. Representative indicated up at Jones' door within six months after the him moving there, claiming they'd heard about his son's previous law difficulties from another Sheriff's Office. In a statement issued to NBC News, it claims it did not start targeting Jones and his son until months after the nearly-daily harassment had begun.

[The Sheriff's Office] said Bobby was not added to its “prolific offender program, ” which results in random trips from representatives, until 2017 -- long after the period of harassment alleged by Jones.

And the committee is also accused the people it has persecuted for the hassle, claiming everyone lieutenants have "interacted" with as the result of this "historical data" project have "lengthy criminal histories." But past results are not always indicative of future demeanor , no matter what the Pasco County Sheriff's "NOT A PRE-CRIME PROGRAM" program says. And besetting people over grass and mailbox numbers isn't doing anything to prevent future criminal activity.

This isn't to restrict Pasco County. Class in other segments of the commonwealth are trying the same thing. And other predictive policing programs are expanding to cover adolescents who are still in school. The NBC News report says same curricula have been tried in Minnesota, Tennessee, and Virginia. But they don't seem to be doing anything more than subjecting minors to the same sort of harassment predictive policing curricula have subjected adults to for years. And for all the money spent, the results are underwhelming.

[T]his platform didn’t have enormous causes, according to Capt. John Sherwin, a 20 -year veteran of the Rochester Police Department. The reality was that sometimes “predictions” produced by the IBM system were things that veteran officers had already figured out. For example, Sherwin said, youths who have a probation violation are slightly more likely to commit a violent misdemeanour offense as young adults than the population at large.

There's good-for-nothing new about moving more patrolmen to areas where criminal activity is more common. This idea is as old as policing itself. That there's now millions of dollars and a Batman-esque wall of screens involved doesn't really perform "intelligence-led policing" any smarter than the analog edition patrolmen have been using for years. What it has done is sat more importance on petty bullshit -- the sort of harassment that apparently vindicates the man hours wasted trying to intimidate "targets" into consenting to explorations and publishing tickets for shaggy-looking lawns. And the only thing the Pasco County Sheriff has added to this questionable equation is a bunch of schoolkids who will get to learn extra-early how much influence -- and how little accountability -- their neighbourhood law enforcement officers have.

Read more: techdirt.com

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