New Crime Strategy Unit works across borders to nab Genesee County’s ‘crime drivers’

FLINT (WJRT) (5/14/2019) – Police in Genesee County are using a data-driven approach across municipal boundaries to map out crime and find the people responsible for them.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton is leading the effort to cut down on crime in all communities. He’s targeting and removing what he calls the “crime drivers.”

“If we can remove them, we can make the community safer,” Leyton said.

To do so, he created the Crime Strategy Unit.

“We’re looking in our community. We’re seeing who the crime drivers are, where those individuals who are causing crime are causing other people to commit crimes and we’re focused on those areas of our community,” Leyton said.

Police are using data to develop maps showing crime hot spots, where they believe certain groups are committing crimes. This connects their names and faces.

“We have nearly 4,000 felony warrants a year that we actually write and that’s not including the ones that we reject and that doesn’t count misdemeanors,” Leyton said. “We have 2,000 abuse and neglect cases. So we have to be more efficient. This is a way to be more efficient.”

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