Second when shared with government officials and the public crime maps provide

Second when shared with government officials and the

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Second, when shared with government officials and the public, crime maps provide intuitive pictures of crime problems that can form the basis of civilian oversight of police performance. By reviewing these maps regularly, journalists, legislators, and executive officials develop a common understanding of the crime problems police contend with as well as a common interpretation of the effects of various crime reduction strategies. Third, when the technology itself is shared with the public, crime mapping engages neighborhood organizations and other NGOs in collaboration with government police agencies. Not only can nongovernmental organizations use the technology to increase the involvement of citizens and to focus available resources on real problems, but institutions of civil society are drawn into long-term partnerships with police. Fourth, when academic researchers join these consortia and gain access to the data, the knowledge generated through crime mapping can become part of the fields of criminology, sociology, political science, and public management. These researchers bear a responsibility to integrate this growing body of knowledge into publications and courses so that crime policy and law enforcement strategies can advance on the basis of experience and reflection. While the most elaborate computerized crime mapping systems depend on expensive hardware, sophisticated science, and a large amount of digital data, there are relatively simple and inexpensive crime mapping programs that can achieve all four of these goals.
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  • Spring '17
  • Test, Crime mapping, computerized crime mapping

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