Reducing Local Crime with Risk Terrain Modeling - in Collaboration with Simsi 

Simsi + IACA

Course Language: English


  • January 1-March 22, 2024
  • April 1-June 21, 2024
  • July 1-September 20, 2024
  • September 30-December 20, 2024

This course relates urban design and management to crime and crime reduction. The course is presented through the lens of problem-oriented policing and situational crime prevention to reducing local crime. It shows how to utilize information gleaned from multiple data sources and Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) analytics. It emphasizes evidence-based decision-making, community engagement, efficient utilization of resources, transparency, and sustainability. This course provides a practical study of policies and programs that demonstrates how police and other local stakeholders can address crime vulnerabilities and exposures in the communities they serve through strategies that go beyond specific deterrence of offenders.

This class is presented in collaboration with Simsi and taught by Dr. Les Kennedy and Dr. Joel Caplan. 


This is an introductory level course. No prior skills in Risk Terrain Modeling, crime analysis, or crime prevention are needed. No specialized hardware or software is required.

Students should expect a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week to gain a passing grade. The course will be graded as a pass/fail. This is not a self-paced course; we will advance to each new topic week as a group. Students can login anytime to work as needed, there are no live sessions. Participation throughout the course is required for a passing grade. As a rule, bulk submissions of your work during the last week of class will not be accepted unless you have received prior authorization from the instructor. 

Invitations to the learning platform will be sent the week before class starts. For more information on how the 12-week online classes work, please see our FAQs page.

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