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The use of Violence Risk Assessment Tool has been suspended

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28.Aug.23 6:04 AM
By Abigail Richards
Photo MSN


The use of Violence Risk Assessment Tool has been suspended

The police are discontinuing the use of an algorithm that predicts who might resort to violence in the future. A police spokesperson confirmed this following reporting by Follow the Money.

The police have been using the algorithm since 2014. According to the spokesperson, there are doubts about the usefulness of the Violence Risk Assessment Tool (RTI-G). It is also unclear whether the police are still using the algorithm.

The algorithm considered a person's gender, age, and criminal record. Based on this information, the police assessed who could potentially become violent.

Individuals identified through the assessment were informed that they were a "safety risk subject." In practice, this meant that they would be subjected to more frequent checks and were required to cooperate with them.

Earlier this week, Follow the Money reported that ethnic backgrounds also played a role. People of Moroccan, Antillean, or Somali origin were seen as posing a greater risk than others.

Whether the outcomes of the algorithm still remain in people's files is not clear.

According to the police, they never used the algorithm in isolation. It was meant to provide support and the police claim it was only used in conjunction with other systems.

In 2020, the government had to stop using an algorithm to detect welfare fraud. The System Risk Indication (SyRI) was found to be in violation of European rules protecting people's privacy, as determined by the court at the time.

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