The WC GIS Lab works with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) to prevent crime through geographic analysis of crash sites, high risk neighborhoods, and sexual offender locations.
Washington College’s Crime Mapping and Analysis Program (CMAP) has been working in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) since late 2007, working off of funding by the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG) program, a federal funding source. It is our job to provide GOCCP with geographic analyses of crime locations in order to reduce incidences of crime in the state of Maryland.
While our efforts cover all criminal activity in Maryland, we strive to specifically focus on reducing violent crimes and reducing domestic violence against women and children in the State of Maryland, in accordance with Governor O’Malley’s Strategic Goals #4 and #5. Between 2006 and 2012, juvenile homicides went down 54% and female homicides have gone down 17%. It is our goal to assist GOCCP in their mission to further reduce violent crime against women and children another 25%, compared to 2012 levels, by 2018.
Thanks to our federal GOCCP BJAG funding, the GIS Lab is able to work on the Maryland Offender Management System (MOMS), and with the Maryland State Police on a variety of different projects, including domestic violence reducing initiatives. In addition, through state GOCCP funding, our team is able to work on the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) program to help make Maryland’s streets safer. Through CMAP, we work with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), one of the largest state agencies in Maryland, and with the Maryland StateStat office.
Through geospatial intelligence, the GIS Lab’s Crime Mapping and Analysis Program is able to effectively use data to aid the Governor in crime prevention and reduction goals. Through this marvelous opportunity, our student interns are able to take a hands-on effort to help reduce crime in their communities and make a beneficial impact on the world.