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We are seeking innovative practice and policy relevant content that will inform the field of policing, research on geography and crime, and the use of geographic information systems to advance policing research. Articles will include original research as well as research summaries that make existing research more relevant to practitioners.


The goal of this publication is to provide a forum for showcasing evidence-based practices, policies, technologies, and research in order to enhance the use of crime mapping and analysis as it relates to innovation in law enforcement organizations. Manuscripts should be policy relevant and focus on actionable research, methods, and tactics for law enforcement organizations. Practitioners are encouraged to share their unique perspectives on the implementation of evidence-based crime mapping and analysis techniques.


This list is intended to provide guidance on appropriate topics for submission. However, this list should not be assumed to be all-inclusive and topics outside of these specific areas will be considered if they are consistent with the aims of the publication.

  • Predictive policing
  • Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM)
  • Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)
  • Advances in crime analysis and crime mapping
  • Crimes involving the use of social media
  • Fraud- Including mortgage fraud, identity fraud, felony lane fraud
  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
  • School safety
  • Fusion centers
  • Other related topics of interest to the field

Article Types

Broadly, submissions should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Practical applications of mapping and analysis
  • Case studies of innovations from the field
  • Article or book reviews
  • Original research
  • Editorials

Manuscript Length

Manuscripts should not exceed 1,500 words (six double spaced pages). Please contact an editor if there is strong reason for a manuscript to exceed 1,500 words. Article or book reviews should be limited to 600 words.

Citation Style

Manuscripts should be formatted using the APA citation style.

Figures, Tables, and other Media Files

Figures and tables should be placed at the end of the document with appropriate references in-text. Graphics should be in TIFF, PNG, or high quality JPEG with a minimum of 300 PPI.

Publication Format

Publication will be electronic via website and PDF document. Authors are encouraged to create and link to multi-media and interactive content.

Submission Process

Manuscripts should be submitted to If file size exceeds email attachment limits (roughly 15 MB), please contact an editor to arrange alternative transfer methods.

Submission Deadline

Manuscripts will be accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted to the editors at any time.

Review Process

The editorial staff will review all articles. Research summaries will be considered if the article has already been submitted and accepted in a journal, book, or other publication. All submissions may be subject to editing to conform to the style, layout, and formatting of the publication and must be written in grammatically correct and clear English. Submissions from international organizations (outside the U.S.) are highly encouraged.


Still have questions? Contact the editors at

Shefali Tripathi, PhD
Crime Analysis Unit, Gainesville Police Department
Police Foundation Fellow

Police Foundation

The Police Foundation is a national, non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and improvement in policing through its research, technical assistance, communication and professional services programs. Established in 1970, the foundation has conducted seminal research in police behavior, policy and procedure, and works to transfer to local agencies the best new information about practices for dealing effectively with a range of important police operational and administrative concerns.

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