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Crime Analysts: A Vital Component of Problem-Oriented
Policing (continued)

Photo of a man keying information into a laptop computerCrime Analysis for Problem Solvers in 60 Small Steps, published by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office), outlines a role in which the crime analyst seeks new responses to problems and participates directly in efforts to test and implement them. In this role, analysts would contribute to exploring new, more creative, and potentially more effective ways of solving crime and disorder problems.

The manual presents relevant knowledge and methodology in 60 small segments or steps arranged in line with the SARA problem-solving model (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment) that build logically on each other in a style both concise and engaging. The volume is packed with vital and sophisticated information that makes it one of the most significant publications addressed to the policing field in several years.

The manual will help crime analysts expand their function and thereby contribute more to the effectiveness of their agency?s operations as a key member of a problem-solving team. More ambitiously, the manual is intended to contribute to the training of new crime analysts, increase their number, and advance their development as a distinct, vital profession.

For more information, visit http://www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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