Libraries to Host Annual GIS Day for Third Year

November 10, 3:00 PM Temple University Libraries Third Annual GIS Day Geography matters! Join us for this annual program on the latest breakthroughs and applications for Geographic Information Systems. This year’s speakers include Stacy A. Irving, the Senior Director of Crime Prevention Services at the Center City District and Jerry Ratcliffe, a professor and the chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University.

Jerry Ratcliffe is a professor and the chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple, where he also directs the Center for Security and Crime Science. He is a former police officer with London’s Metropolitan Police (UK), has a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Ratcliffe will present his work on “GIS, crime, and policing in the urban environment.” This talk will explore how GIS can address three important components of the geography of crime by exploring crime patterns, explaining criminal behavior, and evaluating the outcome of crime prevention and police activity to reduce crime. Ratcliffe will present examples from crime patterns in Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ.

Stacy A. Irving is the Senior Director of Crime Prevention Services at the Center City District. With more than thirty years of experience working with neighborhood and downtown business communities, Irving is internationally recognized for her unique crime prevention models, which combine crime reduction strategies, revitalization, emergency preparedness and police, business and community partnerships. Irving earned a MPA in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Criminology from the University of Tampa. Irving will present her research on “Using GIS to Fight Crime and Grime in Center City Philadelphia” by providing an overview as of how the Center City District, a business improvement district located downtown Philadelphia, uses GIS to identify crime trends, track arrests, map CCTV cameras and subway entrances, address quality of life issues, and more.

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