Editor’s Note

Greetings everyone! Welcome to the fall 2016 issue of the Crime Mapping & Analysis News.

Our fall issue explores a broad array of articles focusing on crime mapping and analysis practice and research. In the opening article, the author discusses the use of Geographic Profiling for Crime Analysis to help in the investigation of serial crimes. The second article talks about applicability of the near-repeat spatio-temporal pattern to crime incidents such as shots fired. Crime in today’s world is not just limited to property or people. Organized retail crime is a kind of crime where the victims are large and small retailers. This type of crime costs the retail industry several billion dollars each year. The article on organized retail crime highlights the use of geospatial analytics to mitigate such crime. The last article is an introduction to a new mobile app, called the Evidence-Based Policing App created by the Police Foundation, in collaboration with George Mason University and The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for front line officers to access strategies, tactics and general recommendations for responding to common crime concerns. I am excited to bring these new topics to our readers and I believe that you will find them informative.


I sincerely appreciate the continued support of our contributors, readers, and our editorial staff. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. You may reach us at editors@policefoundation.org.



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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