The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 1 | Issue 5 | May 2008

What's New from COPS

COPS/NIJ Introduce Quarterly Applied Geography Bulletin

cover of GPS Newsletter Geography and Public Safety is a new, quarterly newsletter from the COPS Office and the National Institute of Justice for police practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and others interested in geography and its relationship to crime and public safety. Each issue will cover crime mapping and problem analysis, technical tips, news, and upcoming conferences and training opportunities. The first issue contains articles on applied geography for the study of crime and public safety; targeting crime in hot spots and hot places; using ModelBuilder for geographic information system tasks; and the California University of Pennsylvania’s crime mapping center. The first issue is available online at:

The Problem of Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities

Pedestrian Injuries Cover Pedestrian-vehicle crashes are a major problem in the United States. On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 113 minutes and injured every 8 minutes. Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities, a COPS Office Problem-Specific Guide for Police, examines the problem of pedestrian-vehicle crashes, reviews factors that cause such crashes, provides questions to help police analyze the local problem, and reviews responses and what is known from evaluative research and police practice.

Police Sting Operations

cover of Sting Operations Guide Sting operations have been part of modern police responses to crime for more than 40 years. The new COPS Office Response Guide, Sting Operations, takes a broad approach to crime types and the sting operations that target them. This guide will help law enforcement agencies decide whether a sting operation is right for them by reviewing benefits and negative consequences. It is not a how-to guide. www.cops.usdoj.glv/ric/ResourceDetail.aspx?RID=443