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About the Author
Eric L. Piza is Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. His previous professional positions include GIS Specialist of the Newark, NJ Police Department, Research Director for Crime Analytics of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, and Research Program Coordinator of the Rutgers Police Institute. Dr. Piza is currently involved in a number of applied research projects in partnership with public safety agencies across the United States, focusing on the spatial analysis of crime patterns, crime control technology, and the integration of academic research and police practice. His scholarship has been published in more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been funded by awards from the National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Swedish National Council on Crime Prevention, and Charles Koch Foundation. He received his PhD from Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice.
Captain Jonas Baughman is a 17-year veteran of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (KCPD). A native of the Kansas City area, Captain Baughman has held assignments in patrol, investigations, crime/intelligence analysis, and administration during his tenure. Captain Baughman quickly found crime analysis to be his professional passion and more than 10 of his 17 years with the KCPD have been in positions related to crime or intelligence analysis. He has served as a sworn crime analyst; helped create the KCPD's Real-time Crime Center; directed a squad of gang intelligence Detectives; and worked within the Office of the Chief of Police where he provided strategic analysis and other performance metrics to executive command staff to assist the department's crime-fighting efforts. Captain Baughman is currently assigned to the Fiscal Division within the Executive Services Bureau.