Crime Analysis Office
Crime Analysis is a scientific process in which information collected on criminal activity is used to prevent and suppress crime and apprehend the offenders through the employment of systematic analytical techniques.
The analyst studies the data to determine the frequency with which events occur and the extent to which they are associated with other events. This information is passed along to investigative units to make them more aware and effective. Staff units use crime analysis in strategic planning related to crime trends, agency resource allocation and crime prevention.
Types of Analyses:
Strategic Crime Analysis is designed to meet the needs of the Sheriff and his Command Staff. It identifies unusual, unexpected, or higher than normal crime patterns or trends. This level of analysis attempts to project future crime trends.
Tactical Crime Analysis provides information used to assist patrol and investigative officers in identifying specific and immediate crime trends, patterns, and hotspots of criminal activity. Analysis includes associating criminal activity by:
- Frequency by type of crime (Part I & others as requested).
- Geographic factors (zone by zone).
- Time and date factors.
- Victim/target descriptors.
- Suspect descriptors.
- Suspect vehicle descriptors.
- Specific Modus Operandi factors.
- Physical evidence descriptors.
- Problem oriented or community policing strategies, if any.
Crime Analysis forwards tactical analyses to Division Commanders for dissemination to operational units. Analysis reports are structured to address user’s needs. Reports are timely and focus on crime patterns. Reports may be used in the deployment of manpower for directed patrol or other pro-active suppression efforts.
When requested, Crime Analysis prepares reports on selected crimes for dissemination by the Sheriff, the Deputy Chief or others designated by the Sheriff, to the news media or community groups.