Colleges Collaborate on Evidence-Based Crime Policy Workshop

Posted: August 6, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 6, 2010 at 7:22 am

In advance of the Second Annual Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) Symposium that begins on Tuesday, Aug. 10, two centers from two colleges are collaborating to present a workshop on GIS (geographic information systems).

The two collaborating centers are the GIS Center of Excellence (directed by Nigel Waters) from the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science in the College of Science, and the CEBCP (directed by David Weisburd) from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The centers are hosting the pre-symposium workshop on Monday, Aug. 9, to provide introductory training on the use of GIS for crime analysis and criminal justice, as well as more advanced discussions on using GIS for research.

“There is a growing need for the use of geographic information systems in policing, courts and corrections in the form of crime mapping, and our students are also thinking more and more about place-based criminology and geographic criminology,” says Cynthia Lum, deputy director of the CEBCP and director of the center’s research program on evidence-based policing.

This pre-symposium workshop was developed and will be presented by Waters; Brian Lawton, co-director of the CEBCP’s crime and place research program; and Julie Willis Hibdon, a doctoral student who is doing spatial analysis for her dissertation on crime, gangs and geography. Doctoral students Steve McClure and Mei Xi also assisted in developing the workshop.

Lawton and Hibdon will present “Introduction to GIS for Practitioners” and Waters and Lawton will present “Advanced GIS for Research and Analysis: Theory and Practice.”

The free workshop will be held at the Prince William Campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on the symposium, see the CEBCP website.

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