Using Murder Data to Help Justice Professionals Work Cases & Solve Crimes

Using Murder Data to Help Justice Professionals Work Cases & Solve Crimes
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-05-21
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Using Murder Data to Help Justice Professionals Work Cases & Solve Crimes
Unit 2 Recording: Using Murder Data to Help Justice Professionals Work Cases & Solve Crimes

Every year, at least 5,000 killers get away with murder.

Founded in 2015, The Murder Accountability Project (MAP) is the nation’s most complete accounting of case information for more than 752,000 homicides going back to 1976. But more than a simple database, MAP exists not only to educate the public about unsolved murders, but also to help law enforcement by providing the historical information and patterns they might need to gain potential insight that can lead to catching the killers.

During this webinar we will share how:

• Detectives can use these data to test theories about offenders who may have committed crimes across multiple jurisdictions or over very long periods.
• Police supervisors can use MAP’s website to identify difficult-to-solve case types to aid in allocating resources.
• Law enforcement professionals can easily determine crime patterns in their community, county, state and even regions.


Audience Comments:

  • “I appreciate their work and the database is a magnificent idea. I hope more officers use it!” –Alexia
  • “Fantastic program. I had no idea MAP could do this. Unfortunately, it must be one of the best kept secrets that shouldn’t be.” –Milton
  • “Finding out that there are open source options for stats. analysis programs and that their website has built-in analytical features that will filter and compile data for export. The information regarding the UCR, SHR, and the reporting compliance issues across the country (not just at the local level) was also incredibly insightful.” –Alana
  • “I was not familiar with MAP, and I am extremely impressed by its capabilities. As a LE grant manager, this kind of data is invaluable in making case statements to support grants that will provide additional LEO staff or tools they need to solve these crimes.” –Julia
  • “I suspect many detectives are so busy with their cases that they don’t have time to look into / learn about / research these other types of investigative tools.” –Heather
  • “I like adding the “one more question” aspect. Thinking about the psychology behind it. I could apply this thinking to not only homicide cases but sexual assault and other cases with a bit of paraphrasing. The presenters are truly dedicated and well versed. Engaging!” — Nancy
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