skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 219220 Find in a Library
Title: Mapping in Police Agencies: Beyond This Point There Be Monsters
Author(s): Lawrence F. Travis III; Kenneth D. Hughes
Date Published: August 2002
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Police Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Police Foundation
1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines why law enforcement agencies in the United States have not adopted and utilized computerized crime mapping and how to facilitate and increase its utilization in the analysis of crime data.
Abstract: There is ample evidence that problem analysis that includes mapping is an effective means of directing police activities. However, this evidence tends to be both problem- and site-specific. While computerized crime mapping might help an agency to deal with some specific problems, such as robbery, loitering, vandalism, and drug sales, there is little information on how the technology (and proactive approach) affects the organization. Specific problems are well-known threats. New technology, decentralized decisionmaking, openness with the community, taking responsibility for prevention, and other changes associated with data-driven management are today’s demons. To encourage the use of mapping, one must first encourage a proactive and preventive approach to policing. Relatively few law enforcement agencies use computerized mapping, and fewer still are taking advantage of its full potential. There are two reasons for this. First, the computerized mapping, as a relatively recent law enforcement development, is in an early stage of the innovation cycle. The diffusion of innovation takes some time with the spread proceeding slowly at first. Second, the computerized crime mapping, despite its potential, remains a largely unexplored area that may present unforeseen problems for law enforcement agencies and executives. References
Main Term(s): Crime analysis
Index Term(s): Computer generated reports; Computer mapping; Computer program models; Crime patterns; Demographic analysis of crime; Geographic distribution of crime; Police effectiveness; Policing innovation
Note: From Overcoming the Barriers: Crime Mapping in the 21st Century No. 2, August 2002; downloaded on July 23, 2007.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.