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NCJ Number: 219218 Find in a Library
Title: Frequently Asked Questions of Crime Analysis and Mapping
Corporate Author: Police Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: November 2001
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Washington, DC 20530
Police Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
Grant Number: 97-CK-WXK-004
Sale Source: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents five questions and answers forwarded to the Police Foundation’s Crime Mapping Laboratory from a variety of individuals requesting technical assistance and information about crime analysis and crime mapping.
Abstract: In 2000-2001, the Police Foundation’s Crime Mapping Laboratory recorded 270 requests for assistance in the area of crime analysis and crime mapping covering the areas of technical assistance, training, publication resources, and general requests. Over the last year, a review of the technical assistance contacts received by the Crime Mapping Laboratory revealed several common themes in the types of assistance that crime analysis and mapping professionals typically request. Based on these themes, a compilation of frequently asked questions and answers was prepared. The answers to each of the five questions include links to other crime analysis and mapping resources. The questions include: (1) in wanting to begin posting crime analysis and crime mapping on the Web, do guidelines exist as to the content and types of information that can be posted on the Internet; (2) can you suggest resources for low-cost/free local or Web-based crime mapping training opportunities; (3) in implementing a crime analysis and/or mapping function, can you recommend introductory resources and training opportunities for someone who is just starting out; (4) in creating a regional crime analysis information sharing system, can you suggest resources that will assist us in this venture; and (5) in the preparation of monthly calls for service and crime reports for my department, most of our time is spent with repetitive data-cleaning tasks, due typically to addresses, rather than data analysis (call data often include the name of the address in place of or in addition to the street address, and crime data often include incomplete or abbreviated addresses), can you provide suggestions for eliminating this monthly problem?
Main Term(s): Crime analysis
Index Term(s): Automated crime analysis; Computer mapping; Demographic analysis of crime; Geographic distribution of crime; Geographic information systems (GIS); Technical assistance resources
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