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This volume shows how state-of-the-art geographic information systems (GIS), used to display patterns of crime to stimulate effective strategies and decision-making, are revolutionizing urban law enforcement. The contributors present expert information for understanding and successfully employing the latest technologies in this field.

Chapter 1: Using a Geographic Information System for Tactical Crime Analysis

Using a Geographic Information System for Tactical Crime Analysis
Using a geographic information system for tactical crime analysis
PhilipCanter

This chapter discusses the uses of a geographic information system (GIS) for tactical crime analysis. A tactical crime analysis GIS is built on the assumption that police managers and line officers need access to timely and accurate information for problem solving, community policing, crime prevention, and enforcement activities. The goal of using a GIS system is to address some of the shortcomings of traditional policing, such as reactive responses prompted by 911 calls for service.

Police in the United States have a well-established practice of using crime statistics to help manage operations. Spelman (1988) notes that Chief August Vollmer of Berkeley, California, was the first police manager to use ...

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