Observatory members will learn more about Geographical Information Systems Print E-mail

El Paso, TX, March 26, 2012 (PAHO/WHO) –The Observatory for Security and Citizen Conviventiality  in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Office, the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ), and the National Council for the Prevention of Accidents (CONAPRA) will held an advanced workshop in geography, cartography, and environmental criminology supported by Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for members of the institutions that are part of the Observatory. The training workshop will be held from March 26 to 30 in the Observatory premises.


The objective of the workshop is that members of the institutions of the observatory have a broad understanding of the theoretical basis on spatial criminology and criminal mapping and the foundation for product development in criminal geostatistical using systems geographic information.

In addition, participants will learn the scientific techniques to investigate the phenomenon of crime geographically with the help of GIS and conduct exercises and actual criminal investigation strategies or tactics. The workshop consists of modules of eight hours which will include the following subjects:

• Guidance in criminology and criminological aspects

• Geo-statistics

• Mapping and GIS

It is expected that at the end of the workshop participants acquire new knowledge and strengthen their already existing knowledge on automated geography in research in crime.


The Observatory for Security and Citizen Conviventiality of the Juarez Municipality is formed as a joint effort formed in November of 2008 by the Juarez Municipal Government, the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez and the United States-Mexico Border Office of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO). The Observatory is seen as a tool to be used to reliably measure the magnitude and characteristics of the most common forms of violence that occur in the area, in an on-going and timely manner, such that the information produced can be used to track appropriate indicators and to monitor the effect of public policies and interventions designed to improve health and safety conditions and allow for peaceful coexistence of all the population.

The Observatory hopes to provide a technical forum that is independent, autonomous and citizen-based, that will coordinate efforts by many agencies in order to produce information that will allow for a clear and comprehensive view of the problem of violence that result in deaths and injuries, both intentional or accidental, as well as provide a mapping capability that will serve to identify critical geographic points and assist the process of the making of public policies regarding safety.

The Observatory is one part of a comprehensive public health approach that views violence and injuries as a preventable problem that is everybody’s responsibility. This approach begins with the building of a data system that is reliable and adaptable to produce timely data on safety, which is sustainable and supported by agencies in all three levels of government (Federal, state and local) as well as non-government (civil society) organizations.

Data and information generated by the observatory will be use to produce periodic reports, to present updated information in order to support decision making and investigation, and to inform the community.

For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S
, Knowledge Management & Communication
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4  El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 42523 / Cel (915) 449-3040  / Fax  (915) 845-4361
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Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 11:56