Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Maryland Crime Mapping and Analysis

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): MD

Grantee Agency: Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention

Subgrantee Agency: Washington College

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2012/$461,402

About the Program:

The goal/purpose of this program is to assist law enforcement and public safety agencies throughout the state of Maryland in developing crime mapping capabilities to identify crime patterns, trends, and areas of concentration so that effective deterrent strategies can be devised.

Washington College, through grants awarded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP), was able to provide crime mapping and other valuable support services to law enforcement and public safety agencies throughout Maryland in 2012. During 2012, Washington College was able to create 3,631 crime maps for 19 agencies around the state for a variety of purposes. Many of these maps have been used by police for specialized projects, while many others were regularly incorporated into CompStat meetings and other ongoing analytical processes. In fact, Washington College has created several maps to assist public safety partners in the fight against crime. As illustrated below, several maps have been created to identify the co-location of DJS and MCS offenders.

MD Crime Mapping and Analysis

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

Throughout a series of face-to-face trainings and other presentations, Washington College made training available to 79 crime analysts and other public safety professionals from 20 agencies to enhance their crime mapping capabilities. In fact, several analysts also worked out of the GIS program offices in Chestertown for extended periods to receive specialized hands-on training and mentoring while working on their agencies’ analysis needs. These crime mappers, crime analysts, and police officers were able to use their skills to develop and support specific programs and initiatives in their own agencies. In addition to training and outreach, Washington College continues to work on a variety of public safety mapping projects, including:

  • Analyzing traffic accidents and traffic stop data statewide for the Maryland State Police
  • Mapping locations of domestic violence crimes and protective orders issued
  • Co-location and dual supervision analysis for Community Supervision and the Department of Juvenile Services
  • "Welcome Wagon" maps indicating where recently released parolees and mandatory releases are living in the community
  • The mapping layout of all prisons facilities in the state
  • Mapping homicide and non-fatal shooting data
  • Mapping pivot irrigation system to detect copper theft and using RAPID data to detect possible retail theft for the Maryland State Police
  • Sex offender tracking that maps the daily travels of sex offenders from home to work and mapping co-location data of sex offenders in proximity to daycare centers
    • As a result of JAG funding, a women voluntarily surrendered her daycare license and closed her childcare program after Washington College successfully matched the address of her daycare license with the address of a registered sex offender.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Stewart Bruce
GIS Program Coordinator
Washington College
Email: sbruce2@washcoll.edu
Phone: 443-282-0012

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