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University of Houston to provide geographic profiling training and services to US law enforcement agencies, using ECRI’s geographic profiling system.

(Tuesday 30th September, 2000, Vancouver, BC)—Environmental Criminology Research Inc. (ECRI) announced that the University of Houston (Texas) Criminal Justice Department is the first university program in the world to offer certification in geographic profiling and analysis. The University has chosen ECRI’s Rigel geographic profiling system to provide criminal investigative services to police agencies in Southern Texas. The University is creating a training centre for law enforcement agencies wishing to implement geographic analysis of serial crime. The training program can be taken as a stand-alone module, or as part of their Masters program in criminology.

In N. America the increase in crime has presented significant problems to the 17,000+ law enforcement agencies across the USA. ECRI’s geographic profiling system enables law enforcement agencies to identify the residence of serial criminals and repeat offenders, and help reduce the costs of criminal investigations. With Rigel, the University will enhance the efforts of the Vancouver Police Department, the RCMP, the OPP, the UK’s National Crime Faculty, the US National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and others, in the training of new geographic profilers and analysts. In addition, the University in partnership with ECRI, will be developing a technology infrastructure to collect information and link crimes from the various police agencies in the S. Texas area. ECRI, with the University’s assistance, will provide Rigel geographic profiling systems to these agencies wishing to make use of geographic analysis in their investigation of serial crime.

"The State of Texas alone has over 2,750 law enforcement agencies. With its vision of implementing new ideas and technologies, the University is making use of Canadian technology to bring all these resources together," said Barry Dalziel, president and CEO of ECRI. "Using Rigel, the geographic profiling system, and developing a training program for police agencies, the University will continue to introduce new ideas to the United States law enforcement market".

ECRI is a Vancouver based software company providing products and services to law enforcement agencies around the world.


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