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Peter Gudge
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Neighbourhood Analysis

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Neighbourhood analysis (1 day GIS-based course for users of MapInfo, ArcView, ArcGIS, or Cadcorp SIS)

“Really practical.  Learnt all about the VLI and how to effectively use Mosaic/ACORN data with the BCS” Police Intelligence Analyst

This one day hands-on GIS-based training course explores analytical techniques for identifying priority neighbourhoods (e.g. the Vulnerable Localities Index), explores the utility of geodemographic lifestyle datasets (e.g. the British Crime Survey linked to MOSAIC and ACORN), discusses the signal crimes approach and the mapping of visual audits and surveys, and explores the data to consider in a Neighbourhood Profile.  The training course is designed to complement the ACPO Neighbourhood Policing Team’s briefing paper ‘Neighbourhood Policing and the National Intelligence Model’, and other guidance on neighbourhood analysis e.g. Audit Commission ‘Neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour’)

The course is held at our offices in London, but can also be delivered at your site for a minimum of 6 staff.

Neighbourhood analysis (1 day GIS-based course for users of MapInfo, ArcView, ArcGIS, or Cadcorp SIS)

Aimed at: Police, Neighbourhood and CSP analysts, researchers and information officers

Interest groups: vulnerable localities index, VLI, geodemographics and the British Crime Survey, neighbourhood profiles, neighbourhood policing.

Entry Requirements: At least a good and intermediate excel skills. The course is only suitable to users of Mapinfo, ArcView, ArcGIS, or Cadcorp SIS.

Modules covered on the course include:

  • The Vulnerable Localities Index (VLI) – delegates are taken through a step by step approach to calculating the VLI, including a discussion of themerits of each indicator that is used in its calculation and how the VLI can be best used to help identify priority neighbourhoods
  • The utility of geodemographics for Neighbourhood Policing – Geodemographic lifestyle data has been popular in the marketing field for a number of yearsfor helping to target advertising campaigns and profile customer populations. In recent years this data has been linked with results from the British Crime Survey to provide another dimension to its use, uses that include identifying community differences between fears, worries and perceptions of crime. This module explores the qualities of this type of data, how it can analysed and mapped, and its utility for supporting Neighbourhood Policing requirements
  • Neighbourhood Profiles: this module discusses the contents that should go into a summary Neighbourhood Profile.

Course tutor: Lisa Tompson

Neighbourhood analysis

28 September 2010

"Excellent course for partnership and crime analysts" CSP Analyst

"An excellent hands on approach to calculating and applying the VLI" Police
Intelligence Analyst

26 November, 2009

“Really useful introduction to a wide range of terms, techniques and data.  I think I may have learnt how to begin to think about neighbourhoods from our perspective!”  Police Special Branch Analyst

24 July 2009

"Found the trainer very knowledgeable, really good programme set up, lovely refreshments."

"Very interesting and clearly well delivered." 

25 June 2009

"I can't wait to show my boss VLI and good maps."

2 December, 2008

“Very useful.”  Police and Partnership Analyst

5 August, 2008

“I found the content of the VLI and practical application of MOSAIC data very useful.”  Partnership Researcher

“Very good trainer – enthusiastic and explained everything perfectly.”  Partnership Officer

26 June, 2008

“Trainer was very good at communicating information and connecting with all in the team.”  Police Analyst.

“Great tutor – professional and approachable.”  Police Analyst

May, 2007

“Very good course, very well delivered.”  Home Office researcher

"Good mix of theory and practice.”  Partnership Senior Analyst

“Easy paced and simple to take on board.” Partnership Analyst

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“Really receptive trainer – willing to address questions etc.”  Police Analyst

“I found it really interesting and would like to learn more.” Childrens’ Services researcher.

“A well- structured and practical course.” Police Analyst.

“It was good that the course was a small group and we were able to interact.  Also it was good that the course was tailored to the group’s needs/abilities.”  Police Analyst

“Very useful and enjoyable.”  Partnership GIS Officer

“Small group, excellent tutor to student ratio.  Style of delivery at no time left delegates feeling out of their depth.”  Police Intel Officer

“Excellent as are all the JDI courses I have been on.”  Partnership Analyst

“Well constructed and informative.”  Police Intel Researcher

“Overall very informative.  I have picked up some very useful tips to take back to the office.”  Police Analyst

“Excellent course – thought-provoking and has given me a few good new ideas.!" Partnership Coordinator

“Really interesting, very well presented, well versed trainer.”   Police Data Officer

“It’s been a great help and will come in very handy in the work I’m doing at the moment.  Looking forward to using it.”

Course Dates:

Date TBC - please email us if you are interested in attending this course.  Please contact Peter Gudge via if you would like to be notified when this is confirmed.

Course Cost

£475 per delegate

Group discount: 10% discount for bookings of two or more. To qualify, all group delegates must be booked at the same time.

Accommodation: UCL has a number of residences that are available to book when courses are held in the summer months.  These are available from £45 per night.  We recommend Frances Gardner House or James Lighthill House due to their proximity to the JDI and their facilities.  Please visit this site ( for more details and to make any accommodation bookings. We advise booking early.  The accommodation is basic, but clean and fantastic value for London.

For something a bit grander we recommend the Cartwright Gardens Apartments:

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