The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 1 | Issue 8 | August 2008

New from COPS

Enhancing the Problem-Solving Capacity of Crime Analysis Units

Enhancing the Problem-Solving Capacity of Crime
 Analysis Units Cover This guide in the Problem-Solving Tools Series of the Problem-Oriented Guides for Police, is intended for police managers who wish to ensure that their crime analysts are properly inducted into the police environment and that their analytical work is fully integrated into departmental operations. The guide is organized around nine fundamental concerns that must be addressed when developing a problem-solving capacity within a crime analysis unit. Following each of the nine concerns, posed as questions, the author offers several recommendations for consideration when developing a group of skilled problem-solving crime analysts.

Geography and Public Safety Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2008

Volume 1, Issue 2 GP&S Geography and Public Safety, a quarterly newsletter from the COPS Office and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), examines practices related to crime mapping and problem analysis; describes policy related to the use of mapping to better understand crime; “Technical Tips” aids practitioners in completing specific spatial analysis tasks; “News Briefs” and a list of upcoming geography events, such as conferences and training opportunities, complete the newsletter. This newsletter will be useful for police practitioners at all levels who are interested in geography and its relationship to crime, as well as for researchers, policy makers, and others interested in understanding the impact of geography on public safety. Included in this issue: On Traffic Safety and Law Enforcement; Creating a Safer Houston through Crash Mapping; Mapping Programs Target Alcohol-Impaired Driving.