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Geographic Information Systems

Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP)

The Washington College GIS Program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) to provide geospatial technology and crime analysis support to law enforcement agencies and criminal justice organizations throughout Maryland.

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 through funding provided by the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG) program, a federal funding source. CMAP supports GOCCP, local law enforcement agencies and criminal justice organizations through the Maps-On-Demand program, operates the Maryland Offenders Management System (MOMS) as part of the Maryland Dashboard, provides training and outreach support on crime analysis and mapping, and has developed new linkage functionality using I2 to allow law enforcement to find connections between disparate criminal justice databases.

While our efforts cover all criminal activity in Maryland, we strive to focus specifically 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. To accomplish these goals, CMAP is analyzing domestic violence reports and protective orders issued, as well as providing agencies various mapping and analysis products related to reducing violent crimes. 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 level by 2018.

Thanks to our federal GOCCP BJAG funding, CMAP is able to work with many different agencies on a variety of projects. We support the Maryland State Police in their CompStat process, prepare monthly Welcome Wagon reports for all law enforcement agencies in Maryland to inform them of recent mandatory and parole releases from the Department of Corrections, provide address corrections to criminal justice organizational databases, support Department of Corrections with facility mapping, and work on various tasks related to sex offenders.

Utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) to perform crime analysis tasks, CMAP is able to effectively use data to aid the Governor in crime prevention and reduction goals. This work has provided our staff and student interns the opportunity to help reduce crime in their communities and make a beneficial impact on the world.