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NCJ Number: 211940 Find in a Library
Title: Tracking the Predator
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 96-MU-MU-K011
Sale Source: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes how a software used to study animal migration and movement patterns can be used in crime analysis, results of its use in the field, and a training program for the software's use in crime analysis.
Abstract: Although the software, called "Animal Movement," was developed to study animal migration and movement patterns, the principles underlying it also apply to the study of movement in general. Animal Movement is an extension that runs under versions 3.0 through 3.3 of ArcView, a family of desktop geographic information system (GIS) software applications that enable users to visualize, analyze, and manipulate spatial information. The Animal Movement extension includes more than 40 functions specifically designed to help analyze movements and is available on the Internet as a free download. A federally subsidized training program in the use of the software is offered to public safety personnel at the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center in Pennsylvania. Two different 40-hour, 5-day classes offer an introduction to the basics of crime mapping and advanced GIS for tactical crime analysis, which uses Animal Movement and other tools. Animal Movement's use in the field has generally been most effective when applied in conjunction with other tools and when a case involves 10 or more related offenses.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Computer aided investigations; Computer aided operations; Computer software; Crime analysis; Geographic distribution of crime; Investigative techniques
Note: From TechBeat, Fall 2004; downloaded October 28, 2005.
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