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Proactive Policing: Using Geographic Analysis to Fight Crime

NCJ Number
Geography & Public Safety Volume: 2 Issue: 4 Dated: March 2011 Pages: 3-5
Date Published
March 2011
3 pages

This article examines the benefits of using geospatial statistical analysis in policing.


This article uses research conducted by the Medical College of Virginia to discuss the benefits of using geospatial statistical analysis in policing. The research involved the use of statistical modeling to characterize violent crime and support information-based approached to prevention. Members of the research team began to work with the law enforcement community in an effort to use the research findings to support police operations and responses. Models were developed for use in addressing crime patterns and developing proactive deployment strategies, and to influence public safety outcomes in the community. A statistical model was tested to determine its ability to successfully map crime patterns. Results of the test are discussed. Using another case study, the article describes how geospatial statistical analysis works. Geospatial statistical analysis provides law enforcement with the ability to identify and characterize threats and anticipate crime, thereby allowing the police to proactively prevent and disrupt crime. 2 figures and 5 notes

Date Published: March 1, 2011