GIS Helps Improve Law Enforcement

GIS is a tool that is used by law enforcement to enhance their use of data.  It has provided solutions to many agencies worldwide for investigations, operations, planning, and administration.

Law enforcement agencies are always facing new and challenging tasks.

Utilizing GIS to coordinate the increasing amounts of location-based data that is collected can aid in the creation of actionable intelligence that can be used and shared for the benefit of law enforcement and public safety. GIS is used to improve the following:

  • Crime and Investigation Analysis
  • Data Fusion and Intelligence Analysis
  • Tracking Vehicles and Personnel
  • Corrections, Parole, and Probation
  • In-Vehicle Mobile Mapping
  • Traffic and Accident Analysis
  • Intelligence-led Policing

In the industry of law enforcement GIS is used to understand trends and patterns, collaboration, effectively allocating resources; to do so the following can be done using ArcGIS:

  • Create Incident Maps
  • Analyze Cell Phone Data
  • Develop Pre-Incident Plans
  • Plan Special Events
  • Conduct Field Interviews
  • Connect With Citizens
  • Manage Address Information
  • Increase Address Quality

There are many ways in which GIS can and is used for law enforcement and because of that public safety has been improved.


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Using GIS for Environmental Management in the Mining Industry

GIS can be an extremely useful tool for Environmental Management in the Mining Industry. It can be used to actively monitor environmental impacts, geologists will use it to map soils, vegetation, surface hydrology and groundwater, and reclamation planning and monitoring. By using GIS you are able to determine the location, types, extent and impacts of discharge by using topographic mapping, aerial photography, historic data, and field generated data to assign restoration priorities.


GIS is extremely useful because analysis and visualization can be done easily and quickly.


GIS has many capabilities when being used for Environmental Management purposes, this can include:

  • Compiling a GIS-based inventory of non-point source pollution.
  • Developing a GIS capable compilation of relevant present, future, and historic data.
  • Prioritize and rank restoration based on impact and effects.
  • Develop restoration plan (type, plan and recommendations for remediation).
  • Develop a comprehensive sampling program.

Since GIS can be used in so many different ways it is a main component in the Mining Industry.

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