Sunday, October 25, 2009

Crime! Works So Good It’s Practically Criminal

Maryland Crime Mapping and Analysis

The GIS Lab received funding from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) to provide mapping and support in Maryland. The crimes that are mapped range from traffic accidents to homicides. The Washington College GIS Lab conducts an outreach program which invites any law enforcement agency to sign up for training. The majority of the lab’s promotion comes from word of mouth and conferences. Staff members Caryn Thomas ‘05 M’09 & Andrew Wright guide student interns in the lab teaching them the ins and outs of crime mapping. In addition to map¬ping, the GIS Lab has also worked with the Division of Parole and Probation (DPP) to create a web mapping viewer to display the over 100,000 individuals on parole or probation. This application is available to law enforcement to aid them in crime analysis.

Caryn Thomas ‘05 M’09:
Crime Mapping Analyst, was hired through the second grant the college received from GOCCP. She provides maps on demand for the Governor’s Office and other law enforcement agencies. She also provides training and technical support for crime analysts across the state of Maryland in their endeavors to produce high quality maps that will assist their officers.

Andrew Wright:
Crime Mapping Analyst, was hired through the third grant the college received from GOCCP. He mainly focuses on providing outreach and assistance to law enforcement agencies in the field. Andrew recently began teaching our 3rd Introduction to GIS course for crime analysts. Andrew trains law enforcement to use our Maryland Division Parole and Probation web mapping application that allows law enforcement to view offenders statewide.

Tracey Bienemann ’11:
“I am currently working on research to establish solid evidence for characteristics of disadvantaged neighborhoods to eventually draw conclusions about how the GIS Lab can evaluate its census block data to determine which neighborhoods are in the disadvantaged category in Maryland. I am also continuing work on the Maryland Sex Offender Mapping Errors. I have learned a lot about dangerous and unhealthy neighborhoods.”

Mary Kelley ’11:
“I am editing the crime maps that were previously made. The maps show specific crimes in Easton, Maryland. There are separate maps for separate crimes. The crimes mapped are assaults, robberies, burglaries, and theft. For each type of crime there are two maps; one for crimes in 2009 from January to July and one for crimes in 2008 from January to July.”

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