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Introduction: Concepts, Principles and Definitions.- Geospatial Technologies in the Courtroom.- Spatial Tracking Applications.- Spatial Technology Applications.- Using Near Repeat Analysis for Investigating Mortgage Fraud and Predatory Lending.- State Registration of Sex Offenders: Public Notification, Web Mapping & Spatial Issues.- The SDIK Police Model: How to Make the Invisible Visible.- Spatial Analysis of Fear of Crime and Police Calls for Service: An Example and Implications for Community Policing.- Police Use of Force: The Spatial Distribution of Force Factors.- Mapping Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Liquor Law Violation Citations During Oktoberfest in the College Town of La Crosse, Wisconsin.- A Web-based GIS for Crime Mapping and Decision Support.- Use of Geographically Weighted Regression on Ecology of Crime, Response to Hurricane in Miami, Florida.- Delineating Legal Forest Boundaries to Combat Illegal Forest Encroachments: A Case Study in Murree Forest Division, Pakistan.- Annotated Bibliography.- Index.

About the Author

Prof. Gregory A. Elmes is professor of Geography at the West Virginia University since 1994 and co-director of the West Virginia State GIS Technical Center since 1995. He has more than 30 years of experience in Geographical Information Systems and how to apply GIS techniques to societal issues (public health, industries, archeology, public safety, forensic...). He supervised many master and PhD students and is a very active scientist in the field.George W. Roedl is PhD candidate at the West Virginia University and is specialized in Geographic Information Systems/Science, remote sensing, computer cartography. He has additional expertise in the role and application of geospatial technologies to disaster management and forensic analysis/investigation, including the legal aspects of geospatial technologies within the modern courtroom. He won more than 10 awards for his various researches and papers and is very active in the field (teaching, committees, publications).Prof. Jamison F. Conley is assistant Professor of Geography at the West Virginia University. He is an international expert on statistics, algorithms and techniques for the analysis of spatial data. One of his interesting projects is spatial analysis of crime events, community surveys and physical neighborhood disorder to help understanding the dynamics of spatial patterns of crime. He also works on the interaction between toxic pollutant and public health and also on spatial patterns related to coffee fair trade. He has won many awards for his research and is actively involved in teaching and scientific committees.


"This is a well-referenced university-level textbook on GIS principles, with many case studies. ... The book examines in a new way the entire concept of GIS use. ... This well-written book reads smoothly. I both admire and recommend it ... . It is clearly the best--and maybe the first of its kind." (Mordechai Ben-Menachem, Computing Reviews, January, 2015) "Forensic GIS - The Role of Geospatial Technologies for Investigating Crime Providing Evidence is one of the most exciting and interesting books that I have read with respect to GIS. ... this book would be of immense help to anyone using GPS, remote sensing, mapping, 3D and visualization methods who wants to further the value of their work within a regulatory, validation, crime and intelligence environment." (Jeff Thurston,, October, 2014)

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