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Risk-Based Policing for Resource Deployments and Crime Prevention

  • Fri, October 14, 2022
  • 10:00 - 12:00
  • Webinar


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October 14, 2022 10:00 CST

Crime prevention efforts require strong capacities for problem-solving and coordination of multiple stakeholders. We will discuss research evidence and practical case studies that apply Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) to prevention strategies that maximize existing local resources at places that need them most. We will discuss how to turn data into ‘risk narratives’ that connect situational contexts with crime patterns and that spur prevention initiatives that meet community expectations. We will discuss how police use RTM for daily operations, and how to use RTM to share the burden of crime prevention with other agencies and community partners to enhance public safety.

Joel Caplan

Dr. Joel Caplan helps cities and towns prevent crime and improve community policing. He works with them to make data-informed decisions about policies and programs that enhance public safety. Dr. Caplan is a Professor at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) and serves as Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security (RCPS). He specializes in GIS mapping and crime pattern analysis, and co-developed Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM), a spatial diagnostic technique that connects environmental features to crime locations. Dr. Caplan has professional experience as a police officer, 9-1-1 dispatcher and emergency medical technician. His research on communities, crime and policing empowers multiple stakeholders with evidence to maximize resources and create safer and more secure environments. Dr. Caplan has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books, “Risk-Based Policing: Evidence-Based Crime Prevention with Big Data and Spatial Analytics” (2018) and "Risk Terrain Modeling: Crime Prevention and Risk Reduction" (2016).

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