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NCJ Number: NCJ 245705     Find in a Library
Title: Putting a Value on Crime Analysts: Considerations for Law Enforcement Executives
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Carl Matthies ; Tina Chiu
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 03/2014
Page Count: 18
  Annotation: This report discusses the value of crime analysts and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for police executives.
Abstract: This report offers guidance for police executives grappling with these issues. CBA is a rigorous and systematic accounting of the pros and cons of a decision. The hallmark of CBA is that benefits and costs are both expressed in monetary terms, so that investments designed to achieve different outcomes can be compared. This paper offers guidance for police executives concerning the value of crime analysts, and whether CBA can help demonstrate a return on investment for these positions. This report provides information in three sections: the first section gives an overview of the steps involved in CBA and the challenges of using this technique; the second section reviews some of the inputs needed for conducting a CBA of a crime-analyst position, particularly in relation to costs and how crime analysis is carried out in your agency; and the third section, “Conducting a cost-benefit analysis,” describes in greater detail the challenges of determining a crime analyst’s impact, along with possible evaluation strategies. Appendix and endnote
Main Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis ; Crime analysis
Index Term(s): Data analysis ; Cost analysis ; Police decisionmaking
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-MU-BX K029
Sale Source: Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
United States of America
Type: Guideline
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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