- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Legislature 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. Supporters say the technology will help make cities safer.

Opponents say several cities in Maricopa County already use similar crime analytics technology including Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale.

Sen. Steve Smith’s bill as amended allows the pilot program to run in Phoenix, Mesa, Maricopa and Sierra Vista. It also moves more than $2 million from a gang and immigration intelligence subaccount to county sheriffs.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 1293 on a 17-13 Thursday. It now moves to the governor’s desk.

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