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Public Safety Briefing Room (News)

The LexisNexis Public Safety Briefing Room is dedicated to providing resources that help public safety professionals stay abreast of industry trends and best practices to help make informed decisions.

Police 'geofencing' cuts crime, accidents (News)

York PD used a BJA grant to harness the expertise of nationally recognized crime analysts to pin-point areas prone to accidents and crime in an effort to reduce incidents. The nationally recognized analysts, Craig Uchida, Julie Wartell, & Christopher Bruce are all members of the IACA!

Touting Prevention, Police Put Crime Info Online (News)

Reporting for Stateline, a national policy blog initiative with The Pew Charitable Trusts, Jenni Bergal highlights how police departments are using data to map crime online. She finds that police departments are using digital crime maps, like RAIDS Online, to make crime information available to the public. RAIDS includes "density map" analysis and other tools that are being implemented by law enforcement.

Through online crime mapping sites, agencies have better identified problem areas and can police smarter, as well as raise public awareness about certain crime sprees or public safety in general. With these tools, the public also has access to crime data and can make better decisions on how to stay safe without directly contacting local law enforcement with questions.

Bergal also analyzes Indiana's efforts at mapping the location of methamphetamine lab seizures and making that data available online, which has led to interest from real estate and the public.

Analyst aims to help police fight, reduce crime (News)

Guam Police Department recently hired their first crime analyst and looks forward to his ability to put their existing stats and reports to use in a broader context.

Man Receives 6-year Sentence for String of Bank Robberies (News)

Madison PD's crime analyst was able to study the suspects past robberies and make a prediction of when & where he would hit next. That prediction led to police waiting outside his next target & taking him into custody.

Look at program, people who helped crack highway shooter case (News)

Kansas City, Missouri PD discusses how integrating crime and intelligence analysts into their LERC center helped gain a "global view of the crime."

Warmer Weather Brings Opportunities for Crime (News)

Frederick PD (Frederick, MD) discusses crime spikes seen by month and season.

KCb (News)

Kansas City Missouri's PD discusses the changes they have made to combat violent crimes including their NoVa project and creating a real-time crime center with intelligence analysis.

Analysts help Madison police find patterns in crime (News)

As UW-Madison students packed up to go home for winter break in December, the crime analysts at the Madison Police Department’s Downtown offices knew what was coming next: A wave of burglary reports as students returned to campus in January, finding their apartments broken into and valuables stolen.

IACA member Annie Thompson makes the most of her volunteer time (News)

Annie Gainous Thompson leads a busy, full life.

The Tallahassee native is a respected crime analyst with the Tallahassee Police Department, but her work and service to the community extends far beyond law enforcement.

Thompson is a teacher, choir singer, baker, sewer and designer who credits her ability to fit in a busy schedule to her attention to time management.

How cold temperatures impact crime (News)

While many of us may not enjoy it, Lafayette Police Crime Analyst Steve Hawthorne said Mother Nature's bitter cold habits may actually be helpful when it comes to controlling crime.

"The winter time is the lowest time, you see it in all of the data, we get dips in crime in the winter time," said Hawthorne.

CPD's DUI Task Force to Reward Good Behavior (News)

Coolidge Police Department's crime analyst thinks outside the box when applying for a grant related to DUI's.

Beating Crime to the Punch (News)

Crime analysis used to identify hot spots & promote one Department's 'boots on the ground' approach to reducing crime and improving police/community relations.

Norman recognized by Garner Town Council  (News)

Garner Town Council at its Nov. 19 meeting recognized Garner Police Department crime analyst Lauren Norman for becoming a certified law enforcement analyst through the International Association of Crime Analysts.

Glendale police go high-tech to address trouble areas (News)

With a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Rutgers University gave Glendale police a grant of $30,000 to use Risk Terrain Modeling technology to predict where crimes will likely happen. Rutgers was given a $500,000 grant from the NIJ to use RTM with six agencies around the country, stated a news release from the university.

Rutgers To Honor Scholar Who Is An Expert In Environmental Criminology, Wildlife Crime (News)

Ronald Clarke will be honored Nov. 14 by Rutgers University, Newark, with the Chancellor’s Excellence Award for exceptional contributions to research.

Mapping (and Potentially Preventing) Crime With Math (News)

A group of math students and professors, writing in a recent issue of SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, expand on the previous hypothesis that a human’s daily and weekly commute can often resemble an animal’s foraging path. (For instance, a person may take short walks around her neighborhood on the weekend, and then take a relatively long bus or subway ride to work during the week, followed by short walks in the vicinity of the office.)

Why South Africa would benefit from regular crime stats (News)

For the past four years, total crime levels have stabilised at high levels while certain worrying crimes such as house and business robberies have generally increased. This is despite tens of thousands of additional police officials being hired into the South African Police Service (SAPS). It’s time to do things differently if we want to reduce crime further. A simple but highly effective start would be to release the local crime statistics monthly. International experience reveals that there will no negative consequences for doing so, but potentially much to gain in the form of more safety conscious and active communities.

Success story: The psychologist of crime (News)

Last winter, Amy Blaisdell-Pechmanova, 28, was enrolled in the Citizen Police Academy and interning with Lewiston police.

Today, she's the Lewiston Police Department's new crime analyst.

Establishing an Analytics Culture in Public Safety (News)

Sometimes lost in the big data discussion, especially in public safety circles, is the challenge of overcoming organizational cultural challenges in employing analytics as part of day-to-day operations. Renowned criminologist Jerry Ratcliffe suggests in his article, “Integrated Intelligence and Crime Analysis,” that while analytical technology and analysts can be introduced into the organizational structure of police departments, the receptiveness of police departments to assimilate this information may be difficult.

Independence police forecasting crimes before they happen (News)

Independence, Mo., police are lowering crime rates by forecasting them before they happen.

McCoy Park was known for its homeless camps and police noticed several crimes associated with them.

However, because of a new initiative police say the camp is no longer there and the number of issues reported has dropped.

Jennifer Dachenhausen is the Crime Analyst at the Independence Police Department. She said since Chief Tom Dailey started the "Core Process," crime in the city is down.

Rise of the crime analyst (News)

Given the proper support, crime analysts can serve as an indispensable asset within the department and the city.

Cambridge police look at math to solve crimes (News)

It is among the most notoriously difficult crimes to solve — the home break-in. There are seldom witnesses. Burglars tend to work stealthily, either under the cover of darkness or when their victims are away from home, at work or on vacation. On average, police solve no more than 13 percent of residential burglaries, according to national figures.

But two Cambridge police crime analysts and an MIT professor and doctoral student believe a computer system they developed that mathematically analyzes these crimes could be the key to solving more of them.

Philadelphia’s Crime Mapping System Wins 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award  (News)

The Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department Mapping and Analysis Unit were jointly honored to receive the distinguished 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award on July 8th at the 2013 Esri International User Conference. The award was given in recognition of a state-of-the-art ArcGIS for Server environment enabling interactive web mapping, query, and analysis of numerous law enforcement databases.

Florida Sheriff's Office Uses Appliance to Better Search Databases for Crime Information (News)

The Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office is five months into a unique project using the Google Search Appliance to locate and extract criminal justice information from three different internal databases, including the agency’s data warehouse.

Sheriff’s Office officials say they may be the first law enforcement agency to use the Google search hardware this way. The tool is being used primarily to search relational databases, but it also can crawl most standard file systems and social media feeds. For example, the Sheriff’s Office has tested it successfully with Twitter and RSS feeds.

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