Chattanooga boosts ‘Minority Report’ surveillance powers 400 percent

By David Tulis/

CHATTANOOGA — City government is making a major commitment to surveillance and data mining by quadrupling the size of a crime analysis unit to four staffers.

The concept of intelligence-led policing using surveillance data from a variety of sources that analyzes crime patterns in space and time and creates statistics that will give shift managers a nudge in assigning officers in their daily routines.

The goal is less to solve crimes after they occur, but to predict and anticipate crimes — to guess when and where they might occur, and to impose police power into that prospective crime scene.

“Predictive analytics will allow us to better anticipate where individuals may be most at risk of being victims and to identify patterns,” police chief Fred Fletcher says. “This increased information will allow us to use finite resources to problem solve in the most effective manner possible.”

Neither Mr. Fletcher nor the public information officer returned my calls Friday requesting comment.

Federalization of crime

The city office is part of the continuing centralization of state police power uniting itself with federal law enforcement interests that were built “in response to the intelligence failures of September 11, 2001,” the TBI says. Key among these interests are fusion centers such as that in the TBI headquarters on Gass Street in Nashville.

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