In 1997 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) established the Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS) Program, formerly known as the Crime Mapping Research Center (CMRC) for the the promotion, research, evaluation, development, and dissemination of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and the spatial analysis of crime. Since then, NIJ has sponsored the development of GIS resources, conducted a survey on the usage of GIS in law enforcement, and funded research projects that utilize GIS.
Through the NIJ Data Resources Program, NACJD assists MAPS in disseminating GIS-related data and resources to practitioners and researchers in the criminal justice field.
In addition to traditional data collections, MAPS also supports the development of GIS resources, such as software, tutorials, and other GIS applications. These materials are also distributed through NACJD as part of the Data Resources Program. The GIS Resources Web page contains for more detailed information about these products.
As part of the Data Resources Program, NACJD expects to be archiving geocoded criminal justice data collections. There are currently several collections already archived at NACJD that contain geographic identifiers that could be geocoded for GIS analysis. NACJD has prepared a list of Data for GIS Analysis Available at NACJD to help users easily locate these data collections. We anticipate that this list will steadily grow, so interested users should check this Web site frequently.
Here is a list of Links to GIS-Related Web Sites to help users find more general information about GIS, as well as Web sites with software, publications, data, and maps for GIS analysis.