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From Crime Mapping to Crime Forecasting: The Evolution of Place-Based Policing

National Institute of Justice

July 10, 2019; By Joel Hunt

Mapping law enforcement report data can be an effective way to analyze where crime occurs. The resulting visual display can be combined with other geographic data (such as the locations of schools, parks, and industrial complexes) and used to analyze and investigate patterns of crime and help inform responses.

The past decade, in particular, has seen advances in analytical capabilities within the criminal justice community, making it possible to add more geographic and social dimensions to statistical analyses to forecast where crimes are likely to occur.

NIJ has been a long-time investor in research on mapping and analysis. Over the years, the Institute has funded projects that explore, evaluate, and seed analytical techniques and technology to support law enforcement agencies that use place-based policing practices and strategies to help answer the question, “How do we best reduce crime and improve public safety?”

This article follows the field’s evolution — from crime mapping to crime forecasting (and, in some cases, crime prediction) — and discusses NIJ’s investments in research and future directions.

Which prevention strategies are actually evidence-based and which are not?

Submitted by PTRS UNODC on 13 August 2019

Cover of the UNODC/WHO International Standards on Drug Use Prevention - Second Updated Edition


Have you ever wondered what really works in prevention? Have you heard about the Prevention Standards, but have been too busy to look for them or to read them? This new series in the ‘Prevention Science and Practice’ network is for you!

As of next week, UNODC will be facilitating a new series on the ‘Prevention’ network. Every week, we will take a look at one strategy that has been found to be effective in preventing drug use, substance abuse, as well as many other risky behaviours.

The basis for the series will be the programmes and policies described in the UNODC/ WHO International Standards on Drug Use Prevention – Second Updated Edition. To publish the Standards, UNODC, WHO and more than 100 experts from more than 30 countries and other international organisations undertook a systematic review of the scientific evidence. The Standards provide a summary of the strategies that have been found to be effective on the basis of hundreds of studies.

EUCPN: Submit your best crime prevention project to the #ECPA2019 competition

Submit your best crime prevention project to the #ECPA2019 competition

The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) will take place on 12 December 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The theme is 'the reduction and prevention of drug-related crime and harm caused by drug abuse among young people'.

Entries for the ECPA should be submitted through the National Representative of each Member State to the EUCPN Secretariat, the deadline is 27th of September 2019.

How to submit your project


Economic and social costs of reoffending. Analytical report

Published 18 July 2019


Ministry of Justice


Estimates of the cost to society of reoffending by adults, and children and young people in England and Wales.

This research estimates the economic and social costs of reoffending to society. Costs are presented separately for both adults, and children and young people and broken down by index disposal, reoffence group, and major cost category. The research looks at the cost of reoffending over a 12-month follow-up period for a 2016 offender cohort.

It can be used by policy makers to assess the value for money of interventions that aim to reduce reoffending. Furthermore, the analyses by reoffence group and index disposal provide a level of granularity which enables a firmer understanding of the potential impacts of policy decisions and the feasibility of future options compared to previous estimates.

Supplementary tables break down these cost estimates to a finer level for use by researchers