Lorie Velarde

Lorie Velarde

Lorie Velarde is a GIS Analyst with the Irvine Police Department. She holds a MS in Criminology, a BA in Social Ecology, a California State Teaching Credential, and a Certification in Crime and Intelligence Analysis. Lorie has developed and taught training courses in crime analysis, crime mapping, and geographic profiling. Lorie has received several awards for her work including the International Association of Chiefs of Police/ChoicePoint Award for Criminal Investigative Excellence.

The Use of Geographic Profiling in Crime Analysis

Geographic profiling is a tool that is especially suited for crime analysts as they are often already familiar with analytical techniques and the creation of crime maps. This article outlines the background of geographic profiling, discusses training in the methodology, and concludes with a case example that shows the application of geographic profiling in an operational case.