Traditionally, law enforcement agencies have provided three functions: Administration, Investigations and Patrol. The Crime Analysis Team provides a fourth function: "Centralized Information Management." A number of internal and external sources are used to provide the vast array of products and services to the department.
What the Crime Analysis Team Provides
The Crime Analysis Team provides a process for collecting, categorizing, analyzing, and disseminating timely, accurate, and useful information. Bulletins, crime summaries, statistical analyses, crime maps, tactical action plans, suspect leads, profiles, crime forecasts, and reports are a few of the information dissemination end-products.
The Crime Analysis Team supports a number of department functions including:
Planning and research
Special operations and tactical units
What Crime Analysis Identifies
Crime Analysis may be used to identify crime patterns and trends, assist operational and administrative personnel in devising strategies for decreasing and preventing criminal activity, and aid in the investigative process.