GIS is all about data collection and retrieval, and data can be extremely useful for police officers. Information such as where a crime was committed and who was involved can be easy to bring up in a GIS system.
Data can also help crime analysts draw conclusions about the correlation between declining neighborhoods and increasing crime in an area. For instance, if data shows a great deal of vacant housing or deteriorating buildings, crime is more likely to occur in that area. GIS makes it easy to see which areas are more likely to become crime hubs. Right away when a crime is reported, law enforcement can use GIS to learn more about the risks related to that particular area.
GIS also helps law enforcement to map where registered child sex offenders live, and helps make sure they live further than a certain distance from schools.
Watch the video below to learn more about how GIS helps law enforcement!