Justice Resource Update, NCJRS: Connecting You to Justice Information

Photo of a man keying information into a laptop computerOne crime analyst, properly trained and utilized, has the potential to increase the productivity and effectiveness of perhaps hundreds of police officers. Understood in this way, an investment in crime analysts can be a smart way to increase the return on the substantial investment that communities make in sworn police personnel.

Originally, the job of crime analyst was limited to tabulating crimes and identifying patterns of crimes with the goal of identifying and apprehending offenders. Today, the field of crime analysis is much more sophisticated. The ability to electronically capture, store, and retrieve massive amounts of data is infinitely greater than it was a decade ago. Crime mapping is now an indispensable tool in crime analysis, and today we have standard approaches for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence across jurisdictional lines. more icon


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