September 2008

As the law enforcement profession moves in a direction that some are now identifying as
the “information-led policing era,” calls for data sharing escalate, and fusion centers are
developed to address terrorism and cross-jurisdictional crime concerns, raising public
expectations. Crime analysis, crime mapping, and the ability to operate in an informationsharing
environment are becoming critical functions for the 21st-century law enforcement
community. Computer map image courtesy of ESRI; bar graph courtesy of the Danvers,
Massachusetts, Police Department.