Preventive Policing: Honoring the Past by Predicting the Future


In 1829, Sir Robert Peel laid the foundation for the modern day professional police force. In shaping the conceptual framework for policing, Peel put forth: “The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.” While Peel described a proactive ideal, many police agencies are struggling today running from call to call.

With 14 years working with the police community, I understand Peel’s theoretical assertion and today’s practical challenges facing law enforcement. I also understand how to help optimize available resources and support law enforcement’s prevention mission. But how can agencies do both? I believe it’s through:

  • Integrating information housed in multiple disparate systems.
  • Applying advanced analytics to prevent through prediction.
  • Providing needed, meaningful information to those making decisions – from police executives to line officers.

The use of analytics can assist law enforcement agencies in establishing a framework that supports efforts to reduce crime, disorder, victimization, vehicle crashes, and other threats to quality of life.

As a recent addition to the SAS State & Local Government Practice, I look forward to helping agencies reach Peel’s ideal – where law enforcement agencies truly police to prevent.


About Author

Vincent Talucci

Principal Advisor, Law Enforcement - State and Local Government

Vincent Talucci is a Senior Industry Consultant with SAS’ State and Local Government practice. He’s an expert in law enforcement and serves as the practice’s primary liaison to the police community. Prior to joining SAS, Vince was the Director of the State and Provincial Police Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). As Director he served on the IACP’s executive leadership team, represented the policy interests of the nation’s state police organizations and maintained oversight of IACP’s information sharing, homeland security and technology efforts. Before joining the IACP, he served as a program manager with the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice where his responsibilities included managing nationwide demonstration projects designed to advance innovative criminal justice practices and strategies. Vince holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. A Virginia transplant, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three kids and dog in their new North Carolina home.

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