Protecting the People: GIS for Law Enforcement

Protecting the People: GIS for Law Enforcement

Protecting the People: GIS for Law Enforcement

Protecting the People: GIS for Law Enforcement


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Discover the geographic approach to fighting crime while engaging citizens. 

Protecting the People: GIS for Law Enforcement explores a collection of real-life stories about law enforcement agencies successfully using GIS for crime analysis, open policing, and field mobility. Through these stories, this book illustrates how police departments and law enforcement organizations use GIS to enable data-driven crime-analysis strategies and drive decision making in everyday operations.

The case studies in this book cover: 

  • Understanding data and crime analysis
  • Streamlining improvements to police operations
  • Developing methods for engaging citizens

The book also includes a section on next steps that provides ideas, strategies, tools, and actions to help jump-start your own use of GIS for law enforcement. A collection of online resources, including additional stories, videos, new ideas and concepts, and downloadable tools and content, complements this book. 

Learn how location intelligence and the geographic approach can improve crime analysis, streamline operations, and promote community policing initiatives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589487291
Publisher: Esri Press
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Series: Applying GIS , #9
Pages: 114
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Beck is the Director of Law Enforcement Solutions at Esri where he is responsible for helping police agencies worldwide understand and implement GIS for every mission.

Matt Artz is a principal content strategist for Esri Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

How to use this book xi

Part 1 Analysis 1

Smart policing gets a boost from enterprise GIS 3

St. Petersburg Police Deportment

Collaborating to address crime that arrests alone won't solve 9

Philadelphia Police Department

Sharing maps, apps, and dashboards to improve public safety 16

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Enhancing strategic planning and crime analysis with data analytics 20

Altoona Police Department

Part 2 Operations 27

Saving time and money by increasing field data collection efficiency 29

Redlands Police Department

Purpose-driven apps save time, help officers focus on solving crimes 33

Houston Police Department

Deploying an app to track fugitives 37

San Juan County Sheriff

Adopting digital apps to secure the state fair 42

Illinois State Police

Planning and managing security for a train celebration 48

Ogden City Police Department

Securing the World Series with real-time technology 54

Cobb County, Georgia

Part 3 Citizen Engagement 63

Using maps and apps to strengthen community-based policing 65

Toronto Police Service

Mapping Canada's missing children to quickly reunite them with family 70

Missing Children Society of Canada

Apps help provide targeted assistance to people experiencing homelessness 78

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

Spatial analysis of opioid use gets lifesaving medicine to the right places 82

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Next Steps 89

Contributors 97

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