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This hands-on course provides students with a basic overview of crime mapping techniques and is designed for students with little or no experience in crime mapping. Students use GIS technology analyze crime and known offender data by adding this data to a base map, querying by attribute, determining spatial patterns within the data, and creating maps ready for distribution. Topics include working within ArcMap and ArcCatalog, learning coordinate system basics, exploring layer properties, reviewing data fields and records, querying data using several different methods, and layout design. Students who complete this course are able to add crime and offender data to a map, find patterns, and produce meaningful maps. This course is offered as a 20 hour (2.5 days) or 21 hour (3 days) course.
This hands-on course provides students with an intermediate understanding of crime mapping techniques and is designed for students who have some experience in crime mapping. Students use GIS technology to create new datasets including police boundaries or surveillance position locations, normalize crime data by area, and create and interpret hot spots. Topics include working within different coordinate systems, creating geocoders, editing data fields and geometry, creating kernel density hot spot maps, normalizing data, joining outside data, re-projecting data created in different coordinate systems, and troubleshooting issues. Students who complete this course are able to find subtle crime patterns, create new area boundaries, produce several types of hot spot maps, and understand the influences on crime clustering. Prerequisite: Basic course or permission of instructor. This course is offered as a 20 hour (2.5 days) or 21 hour (3 days) course.
This hands-on course provides students with instruction on how to use ArcGIS to map cellphone call detail records and is designed for students who have experience in crime mapping. Students will use GIS technology to create map layers of call detail records and will learn to query the data and identify patterns. Topics include interpreting call detail records from the major providers, formatting the records so they can be mapped, importing and creating map layers, performing spatial queries of the records, and using ArcGIS tools to identifying patterns. Students who complete this course are able to map call detail records, identify spatial patterns in the records, and create presentation maps. Prerequisite: Crime Mapping & Analysis Using ArcGIS - Intermediate or permission of the instructor. This course is offered as a 20 hour (2.5 days) or 21 hour (3 days) course.
Microsoft Access is a powerful database management program that many crime analysts already have. This hands-on course provides students with an introduction to using Microsoft Access for Crime Analysis. Students will use Microsoft Access to create and import tables, perform several different types of filters and queries, and create useful reports. Students who complete this course are able to import crime and offender data into Access, query the data to find patterns, and produce meaningful reports. This course is offered as a 20 hour (2.5 days) or 21 hour (3 days) course.
This hands-on course teaches students how to create and distribute products automatically. Topics include connecting to data through an ODBC connection, creating reports and macros, using the system date in functions, saving the export process, scheduling processes to run, and using Python scripting to email the completed product to specific recipients. Students who complete this course are able to connect to live data, create reports that refresh based on the system date, create macros, save export processes, and automate the emailing of completed reports to specific recipients. Prerequisite: Microsoft Access for Crime Analysis – Basic or permission of the instructor.
This hands-on course teaches students how to create models within ArcGIS to streamline repetitive tasks. Students will also learn how to create automated maps using ArcGIS and Python scripts. Topics include automating the data download process, setting up a mapping project for automation, creating toolboxes, creating models to simplify the workflow, and writing a Python script that creates a new map and emails it. Students who complete this course are able to create toolboxes and models using ArcGIS, simplify repetitive mapping tasks, and automate the mapping process completely including refreshing new data and emailing the completed maps to specific recipients. Prerequisites: Automating Analytical Products and Crime Mapping and Analysis Using ArcGIS – Intermediate or permission of the instructor.
This workshop utilizes ArcGIS 10.0 or newer to create interactive crime maps. Students learn how to create the process that easily updates their crime database and maps new crimes using ArcGIS at the click of just 3 buttons. The resulting map is an interactive PDF that allows the end user to turn on and off layers within the map without any special software. End users can also create new maps in just 5 minutes using this process. This course is offered as a 1 hour video workshop, down-loadable and viewable at the student's convenience.
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