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Dr. Andrew Avery, from Northgate Information Solutions, has been appointed as a member of the Management Committee of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Crime and Disorder Special Interest Group (SIG).

The AGI Crime and Disorder SIG shares expertise, presents good practice, and offers leadership and guidance on the use of geographic information and crime mapping methods and analysis. It is continuing to encourage the government and senior police officers in developing and raising the profile of crime mapping for the benefit of policing and crime reduction. The AGI itself promotes geographic information to IT and business communities, and represents the interests of the UK's geographic information industry as a whole.

Dr. Avery holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham, having written his doctoral thesis on new visualisation techniques for geographic information. He moved from academia into the geographic information industry in 1999, and has been working as GIS product manager at Northgate since 2003.

Spencer Chainey of The University College London Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, and Chair of the AGI Crime and Disorder SIG, said today:
“The AGI Crime and Disorder SIG is a group that importantly brings together practitioners and researchers, with product and service providers of geographical information solutions. Inviting Andy to join the SIG’s Management Committee reflects Northgate’s position in providing technology and services to those in policing and crime reduction.

“I am confident that his contribution will be very beneficial both to those that are members of the SIG, and to Northgate, particularly as the SIG can provide an independent forum for gathering users’ views, opinions and demands for the future.”

Dave Meaden, Managing Director of Northgate Public Services, added:
“Being invited to join the management committee is a credit to Andrew’s excellent work in this area, and we are delighted to be supporting him in this role.

“We are committed to sharing our experience and skills to develop practical methods to help those on the frontline in the battle against crime and to promote community safety. The AGI Crime and Disorder SIG is an important forum for that process.”


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Naomi Stevenson 020 7092 1803 / 07966 890 403
Alastair Whitehead 020 7092 1806 / 07930 566 291

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