Crime Analysis Success Stories

This page features crime analysis success stories from around the world.

Longmont investigators eye serial arson suspect in Howe Mortuary fire

6/4/2013 1:32:15 PM
This article refers to IACA member Matt Lee, analyst for Longmont, CO, Police Department. The police department's crime analyst and intelligence officer discovered a pattern to the fires -- in the alleys on either side of Main Street, between First and Fourth avenues, started between 2 and 4 a.m., after the bars closed, Satur said. Based on that, the department had graveyard-shift officers spend extra time in the alleys to watch for fires and to catch people in the area at the time, Satur said. [More]
 

Analyst identifies bank robber

1/22/2013 6:18:08 PM
Tlucko emerged as a suspect, thanks in large part to the efforts of Laura Manning, a crime analyst with Saanich police. Manning came up with Tlucko’s name by plugging details and descriptions from the case into the police computer system and poring through mugshots. [More]
 

Analyst helps bust crime ring in Canada

12/19/2012 11:04:51 AM
A crime analyst led to the arrest of a property crime ring that sold their ill-gotten goods to local pawn shops. Working with the analyst, the RCMP's Community Response Unit studied the offenders and their method of operation when committing crimes. The arrest resuled in over $10,000 worth of stolen property beings recovered from the shops and returned to the rightful owners. [More]
 

Police strategy reducing crime, crashes

11/7/2012 12:08:39 PM
The strategy, which involves a highly visible police presence, is based on the premise that high crime areas often overlap with highly crash-prone areas. The DDACTS strategy, which involves deploying three and sometimes more patrol cars in the corridor at targeted times, also is linked to a 30.8 percent decline in injury accidents, to 18 during the two-year period following the DDACTS launch from 26 during the prior two years. [More]
 

Marion County Sheriff's Office (FL) Employee of the Year

3/15/2012 7:17:25 PM
Florida's Marion County Sheriff's Office analyst, Kathy Collins, was recognized as their Employee of the Year for 2011. See page 22. [More]
 

Computer cop humble about his success

12/28/2011 6:54:12 PM
With a few quick keystrokes, James Stewart generates a list of the city's top criminal offenders. "I call this the prolific analyst," he says, as the program he wrote spins through 70,000 records and 10 years of violations. Hundreds of thousands of characters scroll over the screen. [More]
 

Crime Analysis helps in arrests

12/1/2011 5:38:18 PM
Ocala, Florida – A combination of crime analysis and “good old-fashioned police work” helped the Marion County Sheriff’s Office capture four suspected burglars shortly after the crime was committed... [More]
 

Prolific bank-robbing duo nabbed by Surrey RCMP

11/1/2011 3:08:44 PM
METRO VANCOUVER — Two men have been charged with 21 bank robberies that occurred around Metro Vancouver in September — almost one a day, Surrey RCMP say. Joseph Pouliout, 25, has been charged with 13 bank robberies and one taxicab robbery during that period, and Trevor Yokubouskis, 29, is charged with eight separate bank robberies, Surrey RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger said in a release today. The pair, who remain in custody, allegedly committed these crimes in various jurisdictions including Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and even the Okanagan. [More]
 

Port St. Lucie enlists residents to fight crime with hot spot bulletins

11/1/2011 10:14:21 AM
Crime analysts in the police department study the crime patterns, determine if they are connected and then designate the area and issue a crime bulletin. An area remains a hot spot until police determine there has been no criminal activity in ... [More]
 

Crime Analyst Honoured

10/25/2011 10:30:31 AM
The cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words rings true in the highly technical world of crime analysis. OPP Const. David McClocklin's painstakingly detailed charts are proof positive of that truism - carefully crafted visuals that illustrate patterns, connections and anomalies in homicide investigations and other major crimes. [More]
 

Florida Analyst Helps Solve Robbery Series; Suspect 1,500 Miles Away

10/21/2011 8:38:20 AM
Pembroke Pines, Fl Crime Analyst, Tracey Julien-Lewis, helped solve a robbery series in Florida in which the suspects contacted victims in response to Craigslist ads for IPADs, and then robbed them (one at gun point). Florida police subpoenaed the suspect’s cell number used to call the victims prior to the robberies, and found that the number came back to a residence in Nashua, NH. Their investigation soon came to a halt as they had little more to go on. Tracey decided to reach out to Crime Analysis in Nashua (found contact on IACA directory) for additional intelligence. The two agencies, although over 1,500 miles apart, worked collaboratively to identify a 16-year-old female suspect who lived in Nashua and was visiting family in Florida during the time of the crimes. Photos were exchanged and the juvenile suspect was positively identified by both victims. The juvenile was soon in Florida custody for Robbery with Firearm. Her accomplice was also identified. [More]
 

Analysts help catch cat burglar in Canada

9/12/2011 12:38:41 PM
Abbotsford Police have arrested a man believed responsible for four cat burglaries within a three-day period. Clayton Kopeck, 18, was arrested Friday and is facing three charges of break and enter in connection to thefts from apartments located on George Ferguson Way, Ware Street and Emerson Street where jewelry, cash and electronics were stolen, said Const. Ian MacDonald. Kopeck is also under scrutiny for another cat burglary at a home in the 3500 block of Thurston Place on July 4, and another break and enter at a rural home on Downes Road, MacDonald added. [More]
 

Alert police crime analyst helps nab Publix robbery suspect

8/18/2011 8:41:08 PM
A civilian crime analyst helped Daytona Beach police solve a string of grocery store robberies in Volusia County. Jackie Flory was reviewing reports from the arrest of two suspects last week when she ran Matthew Tibbs through a state computer system and realized he fit the description of a man who had robbed several stores... [More]
 

Asheville police arrest suspects in Kenilworth break-ins

7/23/2011 8:53:29 AM
A police spokesman said analysis of crime trends and undercover work led to the arrest of six people in connection with a dozen Kenilworth neighborhood burglaries that occurred over the past several weeks... [More]
 

Analyst-developed repeat target vehicle program receives accolades

6/30/2011 10:51:19 PM
The Saint John Police Force has developed a way to track people who repeatedly drink and drive - but don't necessarily get caught - in what the head of MADD Canada calls one of the most novel policing initiatives he's seen. The system is receiving accolades across North America, since Saint John crime analyst James Stewart has presented the method and research at several crime reduction conferences. [More]
 

Cincinnati Analyst Helps ID Attempted Rapist

6/21/2011 10:36:01 PM
The victim is a young woman who said a light skinned, older black man, who told her his name was Larry, walked with her the afternoon of June 8th. He told her he knew a shortcut to her friend's house. No one knew Larry's last name. "I was able to search the first name Larry. "It was crime analyst Jason Elder who found Larry in one of the many databases at the department's Fusion Center. He checked the jail's database, tried facial recognition software, then he looked for sex offenders living within a mile of Bard Alley. "Now I have 122 offenders in the area." Among the 122 sex offenders is 61 year old Larry Winslow, with a wrinkled forehead, a mouth and chin just like the one in Noel's sketch, and a 12th Street address. "When I saw the address how close it was to our offense, it was an ah-ha moment." And when the victim saw Larry Winslow's face, she identified him as the man who tried to rape her. Winslow has a history of sex crimes and violence going back 20 years. [More]
 

Crime Analyst helps ID the 'Granny Bandit'

5/12/2011 1:41:59 PM
Police on Wednesday arrested the person they believe is the "Granny Bandit," a 51-year-old woman who was allegedly responsible for a series of robberies in parking lots outside various shopping centers in Fontana this past week. Dodi Wasbotten, a grandmother of one, was identified as the suspect who allegedly stole a woman's purse outside a Target store in northern Fontana earlier in the day. Investigators have been interviewing Wasbotten, who was arrested thanks in part to a Fontana crime analyst who happened to recognize the suspect's vehicle due to missing hubcaps on the tires... [More]
 

NRP Crime Analyst Nabs Provincial Award

5/11/2011 9:50:16 AM
Crime Analyst Nancy Speck with the Niagara Regional Police is recognized for her expertise and commitment to crime analysis in Ontario. [More]
 

Crime analysts winning 'chess game' against criminals in Surrey

3/2/2011
The analysts sift through the daily complaint files, crunch down the info and enter it into a database, then map things out, searching for common themes. If everything works out, voila! A trend is identified... [More]
 

Knoxville Police Chief Praises Crime Analysis

2/16/2011
In this TV10 interview, Knoxville Chief Sterling Owen discusses crime decreases in the city of Knoxville and attributes some of their success to the crime analysis unit. [More]
 

Troopers Use Science, Geography to Target Drunk Drivers

11/1/2010
…Analysts like Marcia Marsh chart each crash, then overlays that with other data such as where 911 calls come in reporting suspected drunks. Using that, enforcement strategies are plotted, so troopers can be in position around these hot spots to intercept drunk drivers, before they crash and kill... [More]
 

Howard County Public Safety Officials Trim Money, Not Patrols

9/9/2010
…despite making cuts elsewhere in its spending plan, the department added a crime analyst to its force. Adding the analyst, McMahon said, is a money-saving move… [More]
 

LAPD Tries to Predict Crimes Before They Occur

8/21/2010
The future of crime fighting begins with a story about strawberry Pop-Tarts, bad weather and Wal-Mart… [More]
 

Henrico Woman Credited with Catching the Granddad Bandit

8/3/2010
WRIC TV 8 Video clip showcases the work of analyst Joyce Salmon. [More]
 

New Police Program Identifies High-Risk Areas

7/21/2010
Kansas City police are deploying a new tool which could drastically change the way officers patrol neighborhoods… [More]
 

Joe Friday Couldn’t Do This

7/1/2010
Burlington - It wasn’t too long ago that police departments around the country still used one of the oldest methods available to deter criminals from plying their trade: An officer walking a beat… [More]
 

What Could Be: Futurists to Converge on Boston with Forecasts on Religion, Terror, and Medicine

6/21/2010
…Debra Piehl, a member of the World Future Society and the much smaller Police Futurists International, said she studies the future to anticipate technological advances by two groups: law enforcement and criminals… [More]
 

Policing With An IT Edge - Interview with CBC

5/7/2010
The Saint John police force is pleased with the results of its Intelligence Led Policing, software that maps and potentially reduces criminal trends. Crime Analyst James Stewart speaks to CBC news reporter Sarah Trainor about it. [More]
 

Crime Analyst Featured in Textbook

3/22/2010
While most people are familiar with patrol officers and police detectives, Mark Bridge's job is lesser known. "Most people who I tell that I am a crime analyst think it's CSI," he said… [More]
 

Police Crime Analyst Uses New Programs

3/8/2010
…the department crime analyst now has new computer programs to pinpoint high-crime areas, which are immediately fed into a laptop in a patrol car. Officers can find on-screen warrant information, the Return Home Registry for missing persons, where active parolees live and up-to-date crime bulletins. "Previously, officers got all of their information in briefing," Sellers said. "But when it's on the computer, it's in their face." [More]
 

GPD Crime Analyst, Student are Honored

2/18/2010
A crime analyst at the Gainesville Police Department was honored for her dedication to an international professional association…. [More]
 

New program Sparks Drop in Crime

12/3/2009
SAINT JOHN - Using the power of computers to look for trends in criminal activity has allowed the Saint John Police Force to achieve double-digit drops in car thefts and break and enters this year. [More]
 

Police: Thefts from Unlocked Cars Spike

12/1/2009
NASHUA – Police are warning residents to lock their car doors after a third month of increased motor vehicle break-ins. Seventy-one mostly unlocked cars were rifled through and stolen from in November. That’s up from 46 break-ins in October and 37 in September, according to Dawn Reeby, Nashua Police Department’s crime analyst. [More]
 

Marion Crime Analyst Solves 2 Alachua County Crimes

4/21/2009
A crime analyst working for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is getting credit for matching up a suspect in several Citrus County commercial burglaries as the same man being sought in two Alachua County restaurant burglaries. [More]
 

ATTACKing Auto Theft in Washington State: The Redmond Initiative

4/1/2009
…The impact of the ATTACK center and the Car Theft Initiative has been nothing short of remarkable. Car theft in King County has been in a steep decline since the beginning of 2007… [More]
 

Stopping Crime in Gainesville, FL

12/16/2008
Gainesville Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit works to eliminate crime in Gainesville. [More]
 

GPD Systems Spot Crime Patterns

6/28/2008
…the new crime prevention programs, put into practice in January, allow analysts to put together "crime snapshots" each morning, letting officers in all three districts know if any crime patterns have surfaced during the past 24 hours. The analysts then send those alerts to the patrol officers via computer… [More]
 

Predicting Crime Before It Happens

11/16/2007
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The hit CBS show "Numbers" focuses on a mathematical genius who helps solve crimes. CBS 46's Rebekka Schramm visited one metro Atlanta police department that has some geniuses of its own. They use computer programs and their own smarts to help lock up criminals all around the city… [More]
 

 

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