Crime Mapping Research Conference

The 11th Crime Mapping Research Conference is scheduled for October 19-21, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Pre-conference trainings, as well as some new pre-conference workshops will be offered October 17-18 at the same location.

The Crime Mapping Research Conference focuses on place-based approaches to crime and public safety that seek to simultaneously address the interconnected relationships between people and their environments. Solutions to crime and public safety problems include those about “where” crime and disorder occur. These solutions include a combination of research, practice, technology and policy that provide a full perspective of the breadth and depth of a problem and the results of its solution. The application of geographic principles to better understand the context of these problems has come into the mainstream as the reemergence of geography has become a primary component in solving problems.

The use of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis is moving into a new era. Methods and technologies are maturing, spurred by increased cross-fertilization among disciplines and expansion into new areas connected to public safety. These advancements have brought a better understanding of crime, more efficient deployment of public safety resources and more critical examination of criminal justice policies. Moreover, these advancements are being used to enhance understanding of the effect of place on a myriad of issues. Place is a term meant to convey a geographic area that consists of various social, economic, and ecological similarities yet have subtle and distinct differences. Place is a scalable concept that delineates one area from another and allows for measurement of interactions within and between other areas. Places can be represented as buildings, street blocks, neighborhoods, sections of a city/county, metropolitan areas, or regions of the country.

Place-based initiatives are becoming a prominent approach to solving problems of crime and the delivery of criminal justice services at all levels of government. Place-based initiatives can be more effective in delivering and leveraging services when attention is more specifically directed to the particular context in which people live. As a result, specific benefits delivered to a particular area may have diffusion affects to adjacent neighborhoods; thus, compounding their positive effects.

The Crime Mapping Research Conference is more than just visualizing where crime is through mapping. The conference is about understanding crime and public safety, and their effect on community. It will showcase a range of research findings, practical applications, technology demonstrations and policy results.

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