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NCJ Number: 69904 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Norfolk, Virginia - Crime Analysis Unit Operations - Law Enforcement Assistance Administration - Police Technical Assistance Report
Author(s): R P Grassie; J W Burrows
Corporate Author: Norfolk Police Dept
United States of America

Westinghouse National Issues Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 70
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Norfolk Police Dept
Norfolk, VA 23510
Northeast Missouri State University
Kirksville, MO 63501
Westinghouse National Issues Ctr
Columbia, MD 21044
Contract Number: J-LEAA-003-77
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides an overall evaluation of the crime analysis capability of the Norfolk Police Department, Norfolk, Va., and identifies specific areas where crime analysis operations could be improved.
Abstract: The consultants focused on two related areas of interest: information support for the continued implementation of the Integrated Criminal Apprehension Program (ICAP), and (2) provision of information on criminal activity for input into the operational planing process. The report's findings were based upon a review of crime analysis operations at department headquarters and at each one of the two precincts and on discussions with department personnel. The report found that although the recent decentralization of crime analysis operations had greatly helped the department to enhance patrol deployment and tactical decisionmaking, the decentralization had also limited the department's ability to provide crime analysis information support. The report recommended that a central crime analysis unit, headed by a police sergeant familiar with crime analysis operations, should be developed; that the precinct crime analysts should remain under the direct command of the precinct captains; and that precinct crime analysis operations should be devoted primarily to the support of precinct patrol and special unit activities. Moreover, the report suggests that following the testing of sector command and directed patrol concepts, the development of department-wide strategic patrol policies should be coordinated by the deputy chief of operations, through an operations analysis unit. Six appendixes contain materials on the role of the sector commander, report forms, a concentrated patrol bulletin, second patrol crime analysis, and sector system feedback.
Index Term(s): Crime analysis; Crime prediction; Evaluation; Integrated Criminal Apprehension Program; Trend analysis; Virginia
Note: Report no. 76-63.
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