Esri Publishes Crime Analysis Tutorial

by | May 24, 2018

REDLANDS, Calif.” Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, today announced the publication of GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis, second edition. Readers use Esri ArcGIS software and sample data as they work through step-by-step exercises and independent assignments that teach them how to build and manage a crime mapping and analysis system.

Geared toward law enforcement professionals such as crime analysts and high school and college students studying GIS and crime mapping, the book’s tutorials cover how to

  • Use, query, and create crime maps.
  • Geocode crime incident data.
  • Automate crime mapping using Esri’s ModelBuilder application, which is used to create, edit, and manage models.
  • Do predictive policing by using spatial analysis tools to analyze crime hot spots.

The book uses a trial version of ArcGIS Desktop software and downloadable tutorial data.

The authors are Wilpen L. Gorr, emeritus professor of public policy and management information systems at the School of Public Policy and Management, H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Kristen S. Kurland, professor of architecture, information systems, and public policy at the H. John Heinz III College and School of Architecture; and Zan M. Dodson, a postdoctoral associate in the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and an adjunct faculty member at the H. John Heinz III College. All three authors teach GIS courses. Gorr also is involved in grant work that focuses on the research, design, and development of a crime hot spot (predictive policing) program for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis, second edition, is available in print (ISBN 9781589485167, 364 pages, US$84.99) and as an e-book (ISBN 9781589485174, US$84.99). Both editions can be obtained from most online retailers worldwide. The print edition is available for purchase at or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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