MAPS: The History of Mapping at NIJ

NIJ established the Crime Mapping Research Center (CMRC) in 1997, using funds from the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1996. The center surveyed police departments to determine how they used analytic mapping in policing and began developing training programs to enhance departments' ability to use spatial maps and data sets. In 2002, CMRC evolved into NIJ's MAPS program.

The MAPS program funds research that uses GIS, statistical analysis and analysis of spatial data to lead to:

  • More effective deployment of police.
  • Better use of public safety resources.
  • Stronger crime policies.
  • Greater understanding of crime.
Date Created: June 18, 2009