|Office of Community
Oriented Policing Services
U.S. Department of Justice
You can order the publications and CDs listed below by calling the COPS Response Center at 1-800-421-6770 or by using the COPS Publications Request Form. Many publications can also be read online or downloaded.
Geography & Public Safety Bulletin
The National Institute of Justice, together with the COPS Office, publishes (both in print and online) a quarterly bulletin on geography and public safety. The Geography & Public Safety Bulletin covers topics such as mapping, problem analysis, and the geography of crime.
Articles in G&PS are geared toward practitioners in law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. They cover current and innovative topics in spatial analysis of crime. The December 2009 issue of G&PS , for example, examines the concept of "neighborhood" from several perspectives relevant to community policing.
Crime Analysis, General
Crime Analysis for Problem Solving
Training and Technical Assistance
International Association of Crime Analysts
IACA assists crime analysts by providing valuable information, a yearly conference, and managing a listserv. It also offers crime analysts professional development via certification through examination. Upon passing the examination, the crime analyst will become a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst (CLEA). The IACA also offers a professional training series, which includes five-day modules covering: Fundamentals of Crime Analysis, Tactical Crime Analysis, Problem Analysis, Computer Applications for Crime Mapping, and Crime Mapping.
You can also visit the IACA web site to locate regional associations that serve crime analysts.
The MAPS program provides research in spatial data analysis, mapping and analysis used for evaluation programs and policies. It also holds an annual conference. The MAPS web site also provides links to various free crime mapping software, such as Crime Stat and FacilityCop.
The MAPS program and the COPS Office together publish the Geography and Public Safety Bulletin, available both in print and online.