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Web tool to help police investigating crimes

Date: January 18, 2007

A team of University of Virginia researchers and students has created a specialized Web-based tool that allows police to easily analyze crimes in their jurisdiction or in other cooperating localities.

The technology, about four years in the making, is being used by 11 mostly rural sheriff's offices and police departments in the state.

"Most small places don't have crime analysts," said James H. Conklin, a research scientist at the school's Department of Systems and Information Engineering. "This is quick and easy, so almost any officer can become a crime analyst. And the simplicity of it means crime analysis will be done more."

Which they hope means that more crime will be spotted and stopped.

"We're data rich as a society but information poor," Conklin said. "Now we can analyze and exploit the data."
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