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Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) is risk assessment for places. It diagnoses crime patterns, and identifies environmental conditions that contribute to crime problems. RTM drives decision-making and action for public safety. This interactive workshop is designed for everyone, without any previous experience or background in data analysis or crime prevention programming. We’ll discuss how to use RTM for resource deployments, investigations, community engagement, and prevention. You will learn how RTM works, review case studies, and gain practical insights and tips to take home for implementation.

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Located in-person at host site

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Police officers (all ranks), city managers, non-profit organizations, business leaders,
and other community stakeholders interested in public safety should attend.

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Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion

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Contact Us to host your own local training workshop.

Risk-Based Policing (RBP) uses Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) to inform decisions about where to go and what to focus on when you get there. RBP diagnoses crime hot spots and fixes them. And it prevents crime by focusing on the local situational contexts. RBP is evidence-based, with scientific experiments done in small and large jurisdictions throughout the United States and around the world demonstrating how it meets local needs and expectations for better public safety.

This interactive workshop is designed for analysts of all levels who are currently employed with public safety agencies. You do not need any previous experience in RTM or RBP. All software and materials will be provided in class. We’ll utilize a watch-then-practice learning experience, with hands-on opportunities to grow skills and confidence in producing and communicating analytic outputs that drive operations. We’ll run RTM analyses with real data using the RTMDx software and then discuss how to use a variety of tools in the crime analysts’ toolkit to inform resource deployments and place-based actions for police and their community partners. You will learn how RTM works, review RBP case studies, and gain practical insights and tips to take home for implementation.

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Located in-person at host site

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Crime analysts, intelligence analysts, or data analysts of all levels should attend.

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Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion

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Contact Us to host your own local training workshop.

Dr. Joel Caplan works with cities and towns to prevent crime, improve community policing, and make data-informed decisions that enhance public safety. He specializes in GIS mapping and crime pattern analysis, and co-developed Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM). RTM is the underlying technology behind Simsi, a Rutgers University start-up company to which Joel is a co-founder.

Joel is a Professor at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) and serves as Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security (RCPS). He has professional experience as a police officer, 9-1-1 dispatcher and emergency medical technician. Joel has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books, “Risk-Based Policing: Evidence-Based Crime Prevention with Big Data and Spatial Analytics” (2018) and “Risk Terrain Modeling: Crime Prevention and Risk Reduction” (2016). His research on communities, crime and policing empowers multiple stakeholders with evidence to maximize resources and create safer and more secure environments. Joel earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (2008) and is also a proud alumnus of Rutgers University (2004) and The College of New Jersey (2003).

 

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Jonas Baughman is a 20-year veteran of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (KCPD). He has enjoyed a variety of assignments during his tenure at KCPD, including patrol, investigations, and administration.
 
Jonas discovered the value and utility of data and crime analysis during his formative years as a patrol officer. He took that interest and cultivated it as a professional passion, leading to positions such as a sworn analyst, helping create the KCPD’s Real-Time Crime Center, supervising a squad of gang intelligence detectives, and providing strategic analysis and other metrics for executive staff as an analyst assigned to the Office of Chief of Police.  Captain Baughman is currently assigned to the KCPD’s crime analysis unit, where he oversees the agency’s crime/intelligence analysis teams, its Real-time Crime Center, and gang intelligence squad.
 
Jonas’ primary interests include spatial analysis/GIS and data visualization.  His work, particularly in spatial analysis and implementation of RTM, has been published in industry publications as well as peer-reviewed journals.  He co-authored Modern Policing Using ArcGIS Pro and is currently writing a second book focused on educating law enforcement command staff about the value of crime analysis and GIS, as well as how to use them to increase public safety.  A staunch advocate of focusing on crime prevention, Jonas is grateful his work with RTM has garnered attention from police departments within the United States and abroad, as well as recognition from esteemed organizations such as the IACP and Center for Problem-Oriented Policing.

2022

Kansas City, MO

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Kansas City, MO Police Department

Congratulations to graduating Class #1

 

Austin, TX

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Austin Police Department

Congratulations to graduating Class #2

 

Atlantic City, NJ

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Atlantic City Police Department and Stockton University School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Congratulations to graduating Class #3

 

Durham, NC

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Durham Police Department and Carolinas Crime Analysis Association

Congratulations to graduating Class #4

 

Burlington, MA

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Burlington Police Department and Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts

Congratulations to graduating Class #5

 

Mississauga, Ontario (Canada)

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Safe City Mississauga and Sheridan College

Congratulations to graduating Class #6

 

2023

University Park, IL

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Hazel Crest Police Department and Governors State University

Congratulations to graduating Class #7

 

Torrance, CA

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Torrance Police Department and SCCIAA

Congratulations to graduating Class #8

 

St. Louis, MO

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): The Federation of Block Units and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Congratulations to graduating Class #9

 

Green Bay, WI 

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Green Bay Police Department and WILEAN

Congratulations to graduating Class #10

 

Grand Rapids, MI 

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Grand Rapids Police Department and City of Grand Rapids

Congratulations to graduating Class #11

 

New Orleans, LA  

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office

Congratulations to graduating Class #12

 

Cambridge, England (UK) 

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Anglia Ruskin University

Congratulations to graduating Class #13

 

London, England (UK) 

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Metropolitan Police Service

Congratulations to graduating Class #14

 

2024

Philadelphia, PA

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

Congratulations to graduating Class #15

 

Greenville, SC

Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Upstate Crime Analysis Center

Congratulations to graduating Class #16 (CAforRBP)

2023

 

Greenville, SC

Sponsorship: Carolinas Crime Analysis Association (CCAA), TRAINING CONFERENCE, carolinascrimeanalysis.org

 

Chandler, AZ

Sponsorship: International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC), ANNUAL CONFERENCE, iapsc.org

 

Las Vegas, NV

Sponsorship: American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP), ANNUAL CONFERENCE, americansebp.org

 

Daytona Beach, FL

Sponsorship: Florida Crime & Intelligence Analyst Association (FCIAA), ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCE, fciaa.org

 

Grapevine, TX

Sponsorship: International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCE, iaca.net

 

San Diego, CA

Sponsorship: San Diego Crime and Intelligence Analysts Association (SDCIAA), ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCE, sdciaa.wildapricot.org

 

Brighton, UK

Attendance: Police Digital Summit (PDS), ANNUAL CONFERENCE, pds.police.uk

 

Austin, TX

Attendance: International City/County Management Association (ICMA), ANNUAL CONFERENCE, icma.org

 

Plymouth, MA

Sponsorship: Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts (MACA), NEW ENGLAND CRIME ANALYSIS & INTELLIGENCE CONFERENCE, macrimeanalysts.org

 

San Diego, CA

Sponsorship: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION, theiacpconference.org

[The IACP/Simsi “Leadership in Law Enforcement Research Award” award recognizes law enforcement agencies that demonstrate excellence in conducting and using research to improve police operations and public safety. See details and view past winners at https://www.theiacp.org/awards/iacpsimsi-leadership-in-law-enforcement-research-award]

 

Malta

Sponsorship: European Association of Crime Analysts (EACA), ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, crime-analysts.eu

 

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Sponsorship: Safe City Mississauga, 12th ANNUAL CRIME PREVENTION CONFERENCE, safecitymississauga.on.ca

2024 Events

2024 Risk Terrain Modeling for Public Health Symposium

At the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Heersink School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Date: September 27, 2024
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Cost: Open to the public and free for UAB students/faculty/staff
Format: In-Person
Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): UAB
Location: Center for Teaching and Learning at UAB
Details & REGISTER: Check back soon

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Physical environments influence human behaviors in ways that directly affect community safety and wellness. Geospatial data analysis offers insights to improve public health and reduce risks. This interactive symposium highlights the innovative and cutting-edge research utilizing Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) analysis to advance public health policies and programs in communities throughout the United States. This contemporary work by scholars and practitioners is driving actions to make our world safer and healthier.
 
Attendees will learn to apply the theories, principles and techniques of RTM and evidence-based practices to analyze dynamic interactions of people at places. Going beyond personal characteristics of individuals — so often the sole focus of public safety and health professionals, we will explore how their spatial experiences form health, safety and wellness profiles in the community landscapes they live, work or travel through. Researchers and practitioners will discuss how the RTM approaches to analytics becomes a key contribution to place-based public health programming and precision medicine.
 
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Breakfast/coffee and lunch will be provided

ONLINE, Remote Training

Reducing Local Crime with Risk Terrain Modeling

Time: Four, 12-week course sessions offered per year
Cost: Determined by IACA
Format: Asynchronous
Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA)
Location: Hoted by IACA via Moodle
Lead Instructors: Dr. Leslie Kennedy and Dr. Joel Caplan
Details & REGISTER: iaca.net/rtm

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Everything you need to participate will be provided. No prerequisites.
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Proceeds stay with IACA.

Contact us to schedule your local workshop

Your Location, Your State and Country

Select a Convenient Date

Time: 10a-3p
Cost: Free
Format: In-Person
Host(s) and Co-Sponsor(s): Your Agency
Location: Your Preferred Site
Lead Instructor: Dr. Joel Caplan

REGISTER: Make it Closed or Open

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Everything you need to participate will be provided. No prerequisites.
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Lunch will be provided (by Simsi)
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Certificate provided upon successful completion

Conferences & Sponsorships

2024 Activities

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP)

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

January 21 – 23, 2024
Vancouver, BC
 
DETAILS: cacp.ca

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION

February 19 – 20, 2024
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
 

Carolinas Crime Analysis Association (CCAA)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

February 27 – March 1, 2024
Charleston, SC
 

International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

May 14 – 16, 2024
Jacksonville, FL
 

American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP)

8th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

May 29 – 31, 2024
Spokane, WA
 

Texas Law Enforcement Analyst Network (TXLEAN)

TRAINING SYMPOSIUM

June 3 – 7, 2024
Woodlands, TX
 

International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA)

34th ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCE

September 16 – 20, 2024
Las Vegas, NV
 

ICMA

2024 Annual Conference

September 21 – 25
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
 
Visit us at Booth #1010
 
DETAILS: conference.icma.org/2024-icma-pittsburgh
 
This conference brings together local government professionals from around the world to connect and learn from peers, focus on emerging trends and challenges, and provide solutions to help them prepare for the future.

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION

October 19 – 22, 2024
Boston, MA
 

Evidence-Based Policing Conference

BUILDING BRIDGES AT BLUE

November 7 – 8, 2024
Blue Mountains, Ontario Canada
 
Co-presented by the Barrie Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service and the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing (CANSEBP)