Ronald E. Wilson and Christopher D. Maxwell, eds.
Volume 8, Number 4, Fall 2007
Geographic profiling is an emerging investigative technique
that combines criminological theory, technology, and patrol
strategy to help law enforcement identify and locate serial
offenders. Using information from a series of related crimes,
a geographic profiler analyzes the location of each crime to
identify where an offender most likely lives, works, or
This technique is now at the center of an important debate
that asks: Is geographic profiling effective? What school
of thought and approach should be emphasized and applied?
Edited by Ron Wilson, who manages the National Institute of
Justice’s Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety Program
and Data Resources, and Chris Maxwell, director of the
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data at the University
of Michigan, this special issue of Police Practice and
Research explores topics critical to this debate,
- The theoretical background, available technology,
strengths and limitations, and difficulties in evaluating
the effectiveness of geographic profiling.
- The two primary schools of geographic profiling thought.
- Determining whether the offender is a commuter or a marauder.
- Geoforensic analysis.
- An evaluation of six geographic profiling methods.
The issue also reviews books on geographic profiling. For
more information, see
www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/15614263.asp Exit Notice.