Mar 29, 2016 2:54 PM

Crime in Manchester down; chief says use of analytics to schedule patrols is working

MANCHESTER - Data that helps predict where and when crime is most likely has enabled the city to post officers more strategically and bring down the city's crime rate.

Police Chief Nick Willard says preliminary first-quarter crime statistics for 2016 show a 17 percent decrease in a long list of crimes that include criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

According to the police department, Willard started using the predictive analytics in July of 2015. Based on the numbers, Willard added additional patrol officers during certain days and times.

In addition, Manchester officers paired up with state police troopers on shared patrols, also relying on predictive analytics under an initiative known as Operation Cyan, which began in July 2015.

The effort has led to the arrest of 124 people, 2,018 motor vehicle stops and 664 motor vehicle summons issued, the department said.

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