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The CCA President’s Prize recognizes excellence in student map design and production and is open to all students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have completed and produced a cartographic thematic map in the preceding school year.
The President’s Prize Award consists of two prizes, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students in the following category:
- A thematic map on any subject. A thematic map is a map that is meant to communicate a specific single subject matter within a particular geographic area. They are often defined as special purpose maps and can be either quantitative or qualitative in nature. The International Cartographic Association (ICA) defines the thematic map this way: “A map designed to demonstrate particular features or concepts. In conventional use this term excludes topographic maps” (Dent 1999, 8).
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CCA President’s Prize 2023 Winner (University Level) – “Hotspot Policing for the City of Toronto“
This map poster focuses on how the hotspot map can help to reduce police response time, improve the efficiency of police patrols by detecting high-crime areas, and provide potential transportation infrastructure or regulation improvements by locating high-incident-prone areas.
Cartographic Design: The poster will include a workflow for the methodology of this study, one hotspot major crime map, one hotspot traffic collision map, and one hotspot policing map created by combining the two datasets.
Implementation: The main component of the poster is a 250m by 250m rectangular grid covering the city of Toronto. The point data of Major Crime and Traffic Collision are assigned to these grids, then normalized using the method of Z-Score. Finally, the results are visualized on the maps. Road networks, cycling routes, traffic cameras, police facilities, patrol zones, and social deprivation index will be assigned to the appropriate map.
Possible Uses: The application of hot spot policing in urban areas has a significant effect on reducing the crime rate, and the police dispatching due to preventive patrols in hot crime areas will not significantly divert the crime space (Weisburd et al., 2017; Telep & Hibdon, 2018). In terms of traffic, installing traffic cameras in high-accident areas can significantly reduce traffic collisions, and the response time of police to traffic collisions is positively correlated with the survival of the accident party (Martinez-Ruiz et al., 2019; Liu, 2022).
Limitations: The Major Crime and Traffic Collisions data are selected from 2017 to 2022. While presenting 5-year overall crime/collision hotspots can provide Toronto police concerning priority patrols, data changes every year. Future research could create a yearly heat map and compare the hotspots, and perhaps it could detect areas with increased rates.