Social Network Analysis

The Smart Policing Initiative presented a webinar on "Social Network Analysis" on October 28, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Eastern Time.  Dr. Michael D. White, Dr. Charles M. Katz, and doctoral student David Choate of Arizona State University facilitated this webinar.  Members of the Kansas City, MO SPI team also shared their experiences with using social network analysis as part of their SPI project.  The webinar provided an introduction to social network analysis (SNA) and its applicability for law enforcement. The webinar described the basic tenets of SNA and defined key concepts.  It provided examples of social network analysis and how it has been used in SPI sites.  The webinar concluded with a discussion of how SPI sites can use SNA in their own communities.

You can download the slides from this presentation here.

You may wish to read one or more of the following resources in advance of viewing our webinar:

  • "Social Network Analysis: A Systematic Approach for Investigating." by Johnson, J.,  Reitzel, J., Norwood, B., McCoy, D. , Cummings, B., and Tate, R. in the March 2013 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. 
  • "Assessing vulnerable and strategic positions in a criminal network" by Carlo Morselli in the November 2010 issue of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.
  • "Social Network Analysis: A case study of the Islamist terrorist network" by R.M. Medina in the May 28 2013 online advanced publication of Security Journal.