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Call for Papers: crime analysis

Guest Editors:

Dr. Rachel Boba Santos, Radford University, Radford, VA, USA

Dr. Roberto Santos, Radford University, Radford, VA, USA

According to the International Association of Crime Analysts (www.iaca.net), crime analysis is defined as "a profession and process in which a set of quantitative and qualitative techniques are used to analyze data valuable to police agencies and their communities. It includes the analysis of crime and criminals, crime victims, disorder, quality of life issues, traffic issues, and internal police operations, and its results support criminal investigation and prosecution, patrol activities, crime prevention and reduction strategies, problem solving, and the evaluation of police efforts".

Crime analysis is a relatively new profession. Crime analysts, police leaders, and researchers continue to seek to implement crime analysis efficiently and effectively to support police operations and crime reduction efforts. While the body of research on crime analysis is growing, it is still relatively small with most research focusing on implementation and prevalence of crime analysis in police agencies. This special issue seeks articles that further enhance what we know about implementation and prevalence of crime analysis in police departments, but also seeks articles that evaluate and highlight the efforts of local crime analysts in evidence-based research and in police departments crime reduction efforts, as well as articles that seek to understand the role of crime analysts in police organizations.

The special issue will consider papers from academics and practitioners, with a particular focus on papers in which the two collaborate. Those interested in contributing may submit both original and review articles of between 4,000-6,000 words or book reviews of up to 500 words. Authors who have longer submissions should contact the guest editors directly.

Interested authors should send a proposed title and abstract of 250 words to the guest editors by March 1st, 2017. Submission deadline for completed manuscripts is July 6, 2017. Expected publication date is February 2018.

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