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Crime Analyst

What does the Crime Analyst do?

While most people would probably imagine that a Crime Analyst spends a lot of time crunching numbers and crime statistics, a Crime Analyst actually provides assistance to our Police Officers in a variety of ways.

Every morning, the Crime Analyst reviews the daily occurrence reports to identify crime patterns, hotspots or trends. A successful criminal will often strike more than once, so the Analyst keeps an eye out for a number of indicators that can help police to identify where and when crimes are taking place, how the crimes are committed, and who might be involved. This information is passed on to our Front-Line Officers to increase the chances that they are in the right spot at the right time, when the offender strikes again.

The Crime Analyst also assists our Police Investigators develop and link together pieces of intelligence and other information relevant to their investigations. For instance, the Analyst may provide Investigators with a detailed timeline of events leading up to/following a criminal occurrence, or a link chart showing the relationships between individuals of interest to police.

Finally, the Analyst also assists Police Senior Management in researching and analyzing long-term problems, such as chronic hotspots. Chronic hotspots usually have some features that makes them attractive to criminals. Identifying these features can help Senior Management better evaluate different strategies in an effort to come up with a long-term solution. Once a strategy is put in place, the Analyst can help assess its effectiveness by monitoring criminal activity over time.

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