Frequently Asked Questions of Crime Analysis and Mapping   [open pdf - 75KB]

"Over the past four years, the Police Foundation's Crime Mapping Laboratory has become a valuable resource for individuals seeking technical assistance and information about crime analysis and crime mapping. As a service to the law enforcement community, the Crime Mapping Laboratory is dedicated to providing technical assistance via telephone, fax, e-mail, and personal contacts with individuals engaged in crime analysis and crime mapping. Requests for assistance come from a variety of individuals, including law enforcement practitioners and criminal justice researchers, and cover a variety of topics, ranging from simple requests for copies of Crime Mapping Laboratory publications to questions about a specific application of crime analysis or crime mapping technology. We also respond to both general and specific questions that individuals post on both the CrimeMap and LEAnalyst listservs. This assistance is often accomplished with a quick e-mail or phone call… A review of our technical assistance contacts over the last year reveals several common themes in the types of assistance that crime analysis and mapping professionals typically request. Based on these themes, we have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions and answers to reach a wider audience than those reached by our technical assistance contacts. Thus, these questions and answers should be posted on the COPS and Police Foundation Web sites and will be provided on the Crime Mapping Laboratory Resources CD. The answers to each of the five questions include links to other crime analysis and mapping resources, such as publications and Web pages that provide useful and comprehensive information about that particular topic."

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