professor Don Brown and colleagues at the Virginia Institute for
Justice Information Systems at U.Va. recently made available an
innovative crime-fighting program over the Internet for free.
software, ReCAP-SDE, for "Regional Crime Analysis Program
-- Small Department Edition," enables small police departments
around the world to better track and analyze crimes in their jurisdictions.
The ultimate goal is to help them anticipate the time and place
of likely criminal activity, allowing them to better allocate
resources and improve service.
U.Va. group decided to give away the small department edition
as a community service. The institute will continue to charge
for its more complex version of the software, which was designed
for large, urban police departments.