More than fifty leading international scholars in the fields of environmental criminology, situational crime prevention, and problem-oriented policing met at UAA on July 23-26, 2008 for the 17th Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) Symposium. The Justice Center hosted the conference with support from the Office of the Chancellor. The participants came from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, England, and Norway, and were joined by faculty and students from UAA and members of the Anchorage Police Department’s Community Action Policing Team. UAA Chancellor Fran Ulmer and Anchorage Police Chief Rob Heun gave warm welcomes to the participants on the opening day.
ECCA meets every year in a different country (most recently in Turkey, England, Chile, Canada and New Zealand) to discuss developments in theory and analytical techniques, such as crime mapping, and advancements in policing and crime prevention practice. Papers presented at the UAA symposium addressed issues such as the spatial displacement that occurs when illegal drug markets are closed down; the geospatial structure of terrorist cells; the geography of identity theft; effective place management in institutional settings; deterrence and fare evasion on public transportation; and the emergence of copper theft. The symposium organizers were Dr. Sharon Chamard from the UAA Justice Center and Dr. Rashi Shukla from the University of Central Oklahoma.