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…

From the Police Foundation President

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…

IACA Welcomes the New Crime Mapping & Analysis News

By Susan C. Hammen (Smith)
On behalf of the IACA, I would like to start by expressing our appreciation to the Police Foundation for including a column from the IACA President in the Crime Analysis & Mapping News newsletter. We are grateful to have been included in this very important endeavor and affirm the full support of the IACA for the Police Foundation moving forward with developing a timely and useful publication for those interested in this field…

Welcome From the former editor of Crime Mapping News

By Greg Jones
As the former editor of the Crime Mapping News, it is my distinct pleasure to contribute to the new Crime Mapping & Analysis newsletter. The Police Foundation has been a significant contributor to the understanding, importance, and practical implications of policing in the United States and abroad since its inception in 1970…

Crime Analysis Symposium Presented to Law Enforcement Executives

More than 40 law enforcement executives attended the first in a series of symposiums presented by the Police Foundation and International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) designed to help police departments integrate the use of crime analysis to increase effectiveness and reduce crime. The symposium drew police chiefs and other executives from throughout the Northeastern United States and beyond. The other regional locations and dates for the series will be announced…

Crime Analysis On Demand

By Gregory Joy
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, serves as a national leader in developing, supporting, and implementing effective criminal justice policies and programs. To further this goal and its overall mission, BJA has implemented a strategic plan to help focus and direct the programs and initiatives that it supports. BJA sees its efforts to develop, support, and implement effective crime analysis within the criminal justice field as an essential component of implementing the major focus areas identified within its strategic plan…

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…

Crime Mapping for DDACTS

By Christopher Bruce
Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) is a partnership between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. It features a series of workshops at which analytical, supervisory, and executive representatives of police agencies create models for analysis and enforcement specific to their jurisdictions and traffic and crime problems…

Using GIS to Problem Solve across Public Safety Agencies

By Julie Wartell
How many people do you know that have had a collision with a fire truck? Not a common occurrence, but it does happen. As a matter of fact, I crashed into one a few years ago (and I‘ve heard all the jokes about not seeing it!). The crash itself, while not a big deal (beyond the embarrassment and having a hole in my bumper from the hook on the back of the truck), was illuminating on a number of fronts….

Utilization of Officer Locations for Strategic Crime Analysis

By Daniel Polans
A team consisting of a Sergeant and a Crime Analyst from the Milwaukee Police Department enabled a GPS tracking system on a smart phone to capture officer locations. The location was captured from the officer’s smart phone in the form of GPS coordinates. The officer location data was then spatially and temporally compared with Calls for Service (CFS) data. The study demonstrated how officer location can be compared with CFS data for strategic planning and effective deployment of police personnel….