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Research Inc. (ECRI) completes installation of RIGEL geographic
profiling system for the Limburg Zuid Regional Police in The
Environmental Criminology Research Inc. (ECRI) announced the acquisition of
one of their RIGEL geographic profiling systems by the Limburg Zuid Police
force in Heerlen, The Netherlands.
The Limburg Police are the fourth major European police agency to establish
a geographic profiling section. The German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), the UK's
National Crime and Operations Faculty (NCOF) and the South Wales Police
currently have RIGEL systems. The NCOF have created a European training center
for geographic profiling and will be training the Limburg profilers.
The Limburg police, in conjunction with regional forces in Zeeland, Midden
and West Brabant, Brabant Noord, Brabant Zuid Oost and Limburg Noord, will be
using their RIGEL system to support serious crime investigations ( murder,
rape, sexual assault, abduction, bombing and anti-terrorism ) for the southern
regions of The Netherlands.
Albert Smeets, head of Crime Analysis for Limburg Zuid, said: "Although our
primary focus will be crime in our region, the removal of borders in Europe now
enables criminals to live in one country, travel through another and operate in
a third. As we border with Belgium and Germany, we are looking to geographic
profiling to help not only in local investigations but in regional cases in the
Benelux region as well."
"The Limburg Police have been following the successes of the other police
agencies using geographic profiling, and have made the decision to implement
their own geographic profiling centre in Heerlen," said Ian Laverty, president
and CEO of ECRI. "We will look forward to the Limburg Police having similar
Geographic Profiling is an advanced crime analysis technique that identifies
the most probable search areas for a serial offender’s residence based upon
geographic crime site locations. It was originally developed at Simon Fraser
University by Dr. Kim Rossmo. ECRI's RIGEL geographic profiling systems have
been used in over 700 cases worldwide, frequently helping to reduce the time
and effort to apprehend a serial offender, and resulting in fewer crimes and
lower investigation costs. ECRI offers two versions: Trained Geographic
Profilers use RIGEL ProfilerÔ in violent serial crime investigations (sexual
assault, homicide, abduction, anti-terrorism), while Crime Analysts use RIGEL
Analyst for their local non-violent serial crime investigations (Break and
Enter, Auto theft, Arson).