By Jim Bueermann
We are delighted to begin a new phase in the Police Foundation’s commitment to crime analysis and crime mapping. The original Crime Mapping News, which was published by the Police Foundation for nearly a decade, had a strong following and highlighted many innovative concepts in a new and exciting field. Although the field has grown and expanded, there is still a pressing need for a clearinghouse for these innovations and insights.
The original Crime Mapping News received significant support from the Community Oriented Policing Services Office, to whom we are grateful.
With this issue, we launch a new format of the Crime Analysis & Mapping News, which recognizes that mapping is now part of a greater universe of crime analysis and crime data management. The project has been led by Editor Shefali Tripathi, PhD of the Gainesville, Florida Police Department, who is a Research Fellow at the Police Foundation. In this first issue, we highlight a wide range of works from scholars and practitioners, and report on the continued work the Foundation is doing in this area with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. We are also pleased to include the International Association of Crime Analysts as a partner in this effort. You will find a report from President Susan C. Hammen (Smith) in this and subsequent issues.
The Police Foundation is dedicated to advancing policing through innovation and science, and we expect this online publication to provide innovative ideas from the field and from scientific inquiry that can be put to practical use in agencies worldwide. We are committed to developing technologies and tools to support innovation, data collection, and evidence-based practices. We welcome our readers’ input, and encourage submissions for subsequent issues.
Finally, we would like to extend our gratitude for support for this effort provided by ESRI, the world’s leader in geographic systems software, and by the Omega Group, the industry-leading developer of geographic software for public safety agencies.
Chief James Bueermann (ret.)