Analyzing NIBRS Drug Data From Local Agencies Using GIS Technology

Cynthia Barnett-Ryan, Federal Bureau of Investigation

This poster seeks to demonstrate the richness of detail available from the NIBRS data set by analyzing the drug offense information submitted from the agencies of a seven-county area in Tenneessee. The analysis focuses on differences between dealer-related drug activity and user-related drug activity in terms of offender characteristics, victim characteristics and offense information such as location type, time of day, and associated crimes. GIS technology available in such programs as ESRI ArcGIS are used to visualize and analyze the data.

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Updated 05/20/2006