If all goes as planned, English police will soon be using artificial intelligence to predict crimes before they happen.

“We are doing research with artificial intelligence to look at the predictive element with patterns of offending and where people might strike next,” West Midland Assistant Chief Constable Nick Tofiluk recently told the Evening Mail. “And if it develops as we think it might, it will be a massive breakthrough.”

Police in West Midland, a county of central England, have pioneered the development of crime-busting computer software called Forensic Led Intelligence System.

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