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This article describes services offered by the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Crime Mapping Research Center (CMRC).

The development of computerized crime mapping has been a major boon for law enforcement agencies, which used to rely on sticking colored pushpins into wall maps to analyze the geographic distribution of crime. To help support the efforts of law enforcement and corrections agencies interested in fully utilizing computerized crime mapping, NIJ opened the CMRC, which has an office in Washington, DC, and one in Colorado. The CMRC is developing many different types of training programs designed to develop knowledge about the capabilities of GIS and to demonstrate their usefulness for agency planning and management. Training format varies and includes seminars and workshops, as well as training via the Internet, on CD-ROM, and through distance learning. The CMRC also offers fellowships to researchers, practitioners, and academics in order to encourage cutting edge research on GIS from a host of experts. Contact information for the CMRC is offered.

Date Published: January 1, 1998