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NCJ Number: NCJ 199268     Find in a Library
Title: Users Guide to Mapping Software for Police Agencies, Third Edition
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: Police Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: 11/2001
Page Count: 147
  Annotation: This report reviews a wide range of mapping software and geographic information, focusing on their effectiveness and ease of use by members of police departments.
Abstract: The first part of the report provides detailed descriptions of the desktop geographic information system (GIS) applications of ArcView, MapInfo, and GeoMedia. These descriptions encompass assessments according to a number of concerns that police agencies express when attempting to select appropriate mapping technologies, i.e., general characteristics; data types, acquisition, and manipulation; map creation functionality; possibilities for customizing the software; and highlights of recent upgrades to the products. A summary form provides facts on required resources, supported data, and strengths and weaknesses of each product. The second part of the report consists of a general review of software products with utility for police agencies. This review encompasses over 120 computer software products, including information on their capabilities, platforms, and contact information. Many of the products reviewed were developed as extensions to one of the three main mapping software packages described in the first part of the report. Others are stand-alone products that function separately from and perform functions independent of the three main products described. The third part of the report provides general information on crime mapping software adaptations that have been developed by specific police agencies. A list of products, 3 references, and appended questionnaire used in the survey of agencies to determine their adaptations of GIS software applications.
Main Term(s): Police management
Index Term(s): Computer mapping ; Computer software ; Geographic distribution of crime ; Geographic information systems (GIS) ; Crime Mapping
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Contract Number: 97-CK-WXK-004
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Type: Report (Technical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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