Crime Mapping and Analysis Program Begins at Mason

Posted: June 19, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The Office of Continuing Professional Education has introduced a professional certificate program in crime mapping and analysis. Based on the concepts of GIS (geographic information systems), the program is designed for law enforcement and public safety professionals and government and military personnel.

“GIS is a comprehensive tool to manage information related to a geographic location,” says Catherine Hoover, director of continuing professional education at the Prince William Campus. “Crime mapping and analysis is an emerging field that builds on these concepts of spatial analysis to develop a means to predict trends by studying types and locations of crimes.”

The only program of its kind on the East Coast, it offers an introduction to the principles of crime analysis, explores data issues and considerations, and provides a comprehensive overview of GIS technology and its application. Students choose one or more tracks from three specializations that allow them to focus on material relevant to their specific goals. Individual courses may be taken without pursuing the certificate, and prerequisites apply for some courses.

“This new certificate program fills the need for standardized training in crime analysis,” says David Cook, crime analyst coordinator for the Fairfax County Police Department and instructor in the program. Noting a stronger emphasis on information sharing among law enforcement jurisdictions, he says, “Crime mapping and analysis gives us a good visual picture to use in comparing crime details and evidence, which allows us to identify patterns within a region.”

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