For a number of years the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has promoted the use of geospatial technologies in the realm of public safety. Their main effort in this regard is known as Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS). Through MAPS, NIJ promotes four basic geospatial concepts that support law enforcement:
- How to use maps to analyze crime,
- How to analyze spatial data,
- How maps can help researchers evaluate programs and policies, and
- How to develop mapping, data sharing and spatial analysis tools.
To go to the MAPS home page, click here.
Comment: This website has a great deal of information accessible through links on the left side bar. Of particular note is the web page with free downloads for three software programs NIJ has paid to develop: