Joel Caplan

Joel Caplan

Joel M. Caplan, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice and Deputy Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, where he co-developed risk terrain modeling methods for crime analysis. His research focuses on risk assessment, spatial analysis, and computational criminology, which takes the strengths of several disciplines and builds new methods and techniques for the analysis of crime and crime patterns. Joel has professional experience as a police officer, 911 dispatcher, and emergency medical technician.

Risk Terrain Modeling for Strategic and Tactical Action

By Joel M. Caplan, Leslie W. Kennedy, Eric L. Piza and Phillip Marotta
There are several ways to make sense of the forces that affect the locations or spatial patterns of crime and, ultimately, create risky places. Evaluating the “spatial influences” of features of the landscape on the occurrence of crime incidents, and assessing the importance of each feature relative to one another is a viable method of assessing such risk…