- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has approved a bill allotting more than $1 million to implement a pilot program to predict where and when crime will happen.

The predictive policing software known as Predpol analyzes historical crime data to determine specific places and times when crime is most likely to occur.

Sen. Steve Smith’s bill as amended allows the pilot program to run in Phoenix, Mesa, Maricopa and Sierra Vista.

Supporters say the technology will help police react more efficiently.

Several cities in Maricopa County already use BAIR crime analytics technology including Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale.

Chief Executive Officer Sean Bair of BAIR Analytics says his company offers similar services using more data.

Senate Bill 1293 passed on a 45-14 Wednesday and now awaits a formal vote.

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