MCTC Course Catalog
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Mapping Community Issues and Crime

Substance abuse, prevention, and treatment professionals, law enforcement, and community coalition volunteers who want to develop complex maps and visual products using free tools that help in organizational decision making and visually depicting community issues.

There is no cost to attend this course.

Course Description
This two-day course will teach individuals working in their communities how to use free tools to help with organizational decision making and informing the community about local issues. There are many tools available on the internet, many of which are easy to use. This course will direct you to these tools and give step by step instructions to develop quality maps and visual products. By the end of day 2, every student will have completed an infographic and be capable of developing quality products for their organization.

This course will also provide an overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the common software related to GIS, and how to use resources available to community groups. Students will learn how to use different types of data to visually answer questions regarding problems in their community. Ina addition to learning how to answer questions regarding problem in their community, students will learn about Hot-Spot Policing and Drug Market Intervention, which are proven effective in reducing all types of crime, not just drug related crime, and recidivism. 

Topics Covered

- Geographic Information Systems
- Understanding and developing a simple database
- Quantitative Data
- Excel and CSV
- Explore Census Bureau
- Free Data Resources
- Building quality products that tell a story
- Hot-Spot Policing
- Drug Market Intervention

Computer. Students will be required to attend with a non-government computer, so they can download QGIS.

QGIS 3.62.2. Students will need to download “QGIS Standalone Installer Version 3.26” from www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html

Course Length
Mapping Community Issues and Crime is a two-day (16 hour) course.

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

There are no scheduled classes available at this time.

MCTC provides on-site and mobile training of the highest quality at no cost to the student to all those involved in the fight against drug trafficking and substance abuse.

If you would like to host this class click here.

Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
7105 NW 70th Bldg 3585  Johnston, IA 50131
1-800-803-6532 (commercial), 431-4756 (DSN), 515-727-3613 (Fax)