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GIS Map Gallery: June 2005


GIS and Law Enforcement

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Geospatial Technology in Support of Wildlife Law Enforcement

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is playing an increasing role in law enforcement activities within the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). All VDGIF game wardens are issued a Global Position System (GPS) receiver for recording geographic locations and for navigation. Certain incidents, such as boating accidents, require officers to report geographic coordinates along with other pertinent information. These spatial data allow DGIF to analyze trends over time and space. All wardens have access to GIS software, hardware, and geospatial data such as high resolution aerial photography.

Maps produced using GIS are increasingly being used as documents in court cases. These maps assist judges, attorneys, and jurors in visualizing the spatial relationships of a case. DGIF is currently evaluating new spatial technology such as mobile GIS systems on handheld computers for use by wardens in the field. This poster displays and discusses the increasing and innovative use of GIS within wildlife law enforcement operations at VDGIF.

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