From the Editor

By Shefali Tripathi

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the relaunch of our newsletter – Crime Mapping & Analysis News. We have redesigned the newsletter to make it more readable and to provide advancements and innovations in crime mapping and analysis to our readers. Our web designer has created an elegant and user-friendly design that is easy to navigate. We hope you like it.

I encourage you to participate in the newsletter as a reader and as a contributor of articles. Please feel free to contact me at editors@policefoundation.org.  For details on contributing articles, click here.

The field of Crime Mapping and Analysis has made tremendous progress since our previous newsletter was last published. The advancements in policing and technology, and the reduction in cost of computers and their increased use in law enforcement agencies, have led to the demand for more proficient and skilled personnel. More and more police agencies are relying on data-driven concepts and applied evidence-based research for crime prevention and reduction. During the last decade, crime mapping and analysis has also become an integral part of the law enforcement agencies across the US and globally.

Crime Mapping & Analysis News provides a forum for law enforcement professionals, practitioners including crime analysts, researchers and crime prevention managers and executives, and criminologists to share their ideas to improve and strengthen the law enforcement community and to better serve our citizens. The newsletter seeks to publish articles that advance our knowledge and offer innovative scholarly solutions to the problems law enforcement agencies are facing these days. The newsletter focuses on four areas—scholarly articles, practical applications, book reviews, and original research summaries, which includes innovative student research in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice from across the globe with specific focus on crime mapping and analysis. This issue of the newsletter includes articles on Risk Terrain Modeling, the Role of GIS and its importance in problem-solving and enhancing multi-agency collaboration to provide public safety, Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety and a Case study from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Police Department on the application of officer location for strategic crime analysis.

I would like to express my thanks to the contributors of the first issue of the relaunched Crime Mapping & Analysis News. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the people who have been instrumental in relaunching the newsletter and making it a reality. Dr. Karen Amendola and Jim Bueermann have been the guiding force behind this initiative. I thank them for their continued guidance and suggestions in this process. I thank Jim Specht and Karen for assisting in reviewing the articles. Thanks also to Travis Taniguchi for designing the webpage for the newsletter.  I welcome you all to share your comments with me.

Sincerely,

Shefali Tripathi

Editor


 

Front cover image art provided by Phil Mielke, Envisioning Team Lead, Esri.

Shefali Tripathi

Shefali Tripathi is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Certified Analyst working as a Crime Analyst at the Gainesville Police Department. Dr. Tripathi is a subject matter expert in crime analysis and crime mapping and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Police Foundation. Dr. Tripathi works at the interface of law enforcement practice and applied research. She has over 15 years of advanced spatial analysis experience in law enforcement, criminal justice, urban planning and allied fields. She is an adjunct faculty and teaches graduate level courses in Geographic Information Systems for criminal justice and public safety. She is a trained Geographic Profiling Analyst. Dr. Tripathi holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.

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