Fast Reaction Police Units in Medellín: A Budget Constrained Maximal Homicide Covering Location Approach


  • Borradores de economía


  • We propose a maximal covering location problem with a budget constraint to determine the optimal location of facilities that provide fast police assistance to homicide hot spots, to mitigate criminal activity in Medellín (Colombia). We use the Google Maps Application Programming Interface (API) to estimate the average traveling times between police units and criminal spots and impose a budget constraint taking into account the project’s costs. Our procedure identifies how the optimal locations for fast reaction police units have a diminishing marginal coverage pattern when subject to loosened budget constraints.

fecha de publicación

  • 2015-10

Líneas de investigación

  • Homicide
  • Maximal Coverage Location Problem
  • Medellín
  • Police Station


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