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Title: Crime Mapping in Police Departments: The Challenges of Building a Mapping System (From Crime Mapping and Crime Prevention, P 131-155, 1997, David Weisburd and Tom McEwen, eds. - See NCJ-170277)
Author(s): L G Mazerolle; C Bellucci; F Gajewski
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 90-IJ-CX-K004; 91-MU-CX-K005
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter identifies the challenges facing police departments that seek to implement computerized crime mapping systems.
Abstract: The chapter highlights the importance of police departments identifying primary "end-users" and then designing systems that accomplish the tasks specific to the needs of their end-users. The chapter also discusses data transfer, geocoding, data integration, system customization, and confidentiality issues. The paper illustrates the practicalities of implementing geographic mapping systems drawing from experiences with the Drug Market Analysis Program. It profiles the Jersey City, NJ, crime mapping system to highlight some of the difficulties encountered in implementing a computerized crime mapping for street-level use. The paper concludes that police departments planning to implement computer crime mapping capabilities need to think carefully about the "who, what, where, when and how" connected with use of the system and then design the system data sources and interfaces accordingly. Table, notes, references, appendix
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Automated police information systems; Computer mapping; Computers; Crime prevention measures; Data security; Databases; Police; Police information systems; Policing innovation; Science and Technology
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