Applying GIS: Law Enforcement Protecting The People
"Applying GIS: Law Enforcement Protecting The People" is a book edited by John Beck and Matt Artz that explores how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are being utilized in law enforcement to enhance public safety, streamline operations, and engage with communities. The book is divided into three parts, each focusing on different aspects of GIS application in law enforcement.
In Part 1: Analysis, the book showcases examples of how smart policing is being boosted by enterprise GIS. It features case studies from various police departments, including the St. Petersburg Police Department, the Philadelphia Police Department, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Altoona Police Department. These departments are collaborating to address crime beyond arrests, using GIS to analyze and visualize data to inform strategic planning and crime analysis.
Part 2: Operations highlights how GIS is saving time and money by increasing field data collection efficiency in law enforcement. It includes case studies from the Redlands Police Department, the Houston Police Department, the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, the Illinois State Police, the Ogden City Police Department, and Cobb County, Georgia. These departments are using purpose-driven apps and real-time technology to track fugitives, secure events, and manage security for large gatherings.
In Part 3: Citizen Engagement, the book demonstrates how GIS is strengthening community-based policing and improving citizen engagement. It includes case studies from the Toronto Police Service, the Missing Children Society of Canada, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, and other agencies. These departments are using maps and apps to engage with communities, provide targeted assistance to vulnerable populations, and analyze data to respond to critical situations such as opioid use.
"Applying GIS: Law Enforcement Protecting The People" highlights the diverse ways in which GIS is being applied in law enforcement to protect communities and improve public safety. Through real-world case studies, the book demonstrates the value of GIS in enhancing analysis, operations, and citizen engagement in law enforcement agencies across different regions.