Special Presentation: Dr. Fahui Wang on "Why police and policing need GIS: an overview"

Illustration of the use of GIS to show theft in a location by time of day

Thu Mar 28, 2013
3:30 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. Fahui Wang, Fred B. Kniffen Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, will present “Why Police and Policing Need GIS?: An Overview.”

Dr. Fahui Wang
Dr. Fahui Wang
Dr. Wang is the author of Geographic Information Systems and Crime Analysis. Some of his work on crime has been supported by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Office of Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, both in the U.S. Department of Justice, and also by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was on the review panel of the Geospatial Technologies Program of the NIJ.

His presentation, based on a recent paper in the Annals of GIS, examines the major application areas of geographic information system in police departments and in policing practices. Using case studies, it explores six major areas in policing for the use of GIS, including as a partner for field officers, as a crime investigation and prevention tool, as a policy implementation and evaluation tool, as a police force planning tool, as a tool for testing crime theories and as a communication tool. It will also survey the historic evolution of GIS applications in law enforcement from prototype computerized crime mapping to sophisticated spatial analysis and its integration in policing.

Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning and MA in Economics from The Ohio State University, and his B.S. in Geography from Peking University of China. In addition to working in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, he is Director of the Chinese Culture and Commerce Program at LSU. He also has taught at Northern Illinois University and Peking University.

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