Horizontal and Vertical Relationship within Law Enforcement

Horizontal and vertical relationships are very important in visual thinking. Visual thinking is the method in which law enforcers uses a map to generate ideas about a crime that is under investigation. In law enforcement, one may see relationships that maybe important on the process of investigation. When one speaks of vertical relationship, this means that connections can be recognized between different factors, events or situations that are involve in the investigation.

These factors, events and situations may include crimes, land uses and demographics. Vertical relationship is essential in the sense that factors relationships can be useful in mapping out possible patterns of a certain crime such as burglary. For example, On the other hand, horizontal relationship is described to be a special feature that is common in some particular crimes. An example of such feature is a graffiti, which is left in similar crime locations. Horizontal relationship is very useful in visual thinking (Harries, 1999).

Vertical and horizontal correlations are very important in visual thinking in the sense that it helps a law enforcer to generate hypothesis about a certain investigation. For example, a graffiti that is left in several common crimes may lead to a hypothesis that the crime maybe committed by a single person or group. Hypothesis will then be the basis of the analysis of a crime investigation (Brujin, Heuvelhof & Koopmans, 2007). Vertical and horizontal relationship is an important tool for a law enforcer in order to make an analysis of a crime.

The relationships give a clue or a hint for law enforcers. With the help of technology such as advance crime mapping, the use of vertical and horizontal relationships in law enforcement will be very efficient and very helpful. Reference Harries, K. (1999). Mapping Crime: Principle and Practice. National Institute of Justice. Retrieved July 18, 2009 from www. ncjrs. gov/html/nij/mapping/pdf. html. Bruijn, H. , Heuvelhof, E. , & Koopmans, M. (2007). Law Enforcement: The Game Between Inspectors and Inspectees Universal Publishers.