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Scottsdale led Valley in decrease of violent crimes in 2012 (Article)

Scottsdale PD sees decrease in violent crimes and discusses how crime-prevention & intelligence sharing has helped.

LAPD Command Post: What do they do in there? (Article)

Brief article discussing the LAPD's real time crime analysis center (RACR).

Redlands Honors Local Heroes (Article)

The city of Redlands honored local heroes including their Crime Analyst, Amy Varela for her impact in helping to solve crimes.

RCMP report property crime down in Barrington (Article)

A RCMP crime analyst discusses the decline in property crime in Barrington & highlights the importance of using crime analysis!

CPD's DUI Task Force to Reward Good Behavior (News)

Coolidge Police Department's crime analyst thinks outside the box when applying for a grant related to DUI's.

Beating Crime to the Punch (News)

Crime analysis used to identify hot spots & promote one Department's 'boots on the ground' approach to reducing crime and improving police/community relations.

Price of Justice - Fiction (Book)

His focus is on solving the murders—until the unthinkable happens… Recently widowed, Austin Police Detective Jason Scarsdale works to solve the murders of two pedophiles, while trying to be both mother and father to his five-year-old daughter. During his investigation, Scarsdale is forced to navigate between the crosshairs of two police commanders out to get him. Drawn to Austin Police Crime Analyst, Dani Mueller, who has also suffered tragedy, Scarsdale fights both his attraction and his suspicions that something just isn’t right… She is hiding a secret, one that could not only cost her a job—it could end her life… Dani hides a deadly past.

Norman recognized by Garner Town Council  (News)

Garner Town Council at its Nov. 19 meeting recognized Garner Police Department crime analyst Lauren Norman for becoming a certified law enforcement analyst through the International Association of Crime Analysts.

Glendale police go high-tech to address trouble areas (News)

With a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Rutgers University gave Glendale police a grant of $30,000 to use Risk Terrain Modeling technology to predict where crimes will likely happen. Rutgers was given a $500,000 grant from the NIJ to use RTM with six agencies around the country, stated a news release from the university.

Rutgers To Honor Scholar Who Is An Expert In Environmental Criminology, Wildlife Crime (News)

Ronald Clarke will be honored Nov. 14 by Rutgers University, Newark, with the Chancellor’s Excellence Award for exceptional contributions to research.

Mapping (and Potentially Preventing) Crime With Math (News)

A group of math students and professors, writing in a recent issue of SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, expand on the previous hypothesis that a human’s daily and weekly commute can often resemble an animal’s foraging path. (For instance, a person may take short walks around her neighborhood on the weekend, and then take a relatively long bus or subway ride to work during the week, followed by short walks in the vicinity of the office.)

Why South Africa would benefit from regular crime stats (News)

For the past four years, total crime levels have stabilised at high levels while certain worrying crimes such as house and business robberies have generally increased. This is despite tens of thousands of additional police officials being hired into the South African Police Service (SAPS). It’s time to do things differently if we want to reduce crime further. A simple but highly effective start would be to release the local crime statistics monthly. International experience reveals that there will no negative consequences for doing so, but potentially much to gain in the form of more safety conscious and active communities.

Success story: The psychologist of crime (News)

Last winter, Amy Blaisdell-Pechmanova, 28, was enrolled in the Citizen Police Academy and interning with Lewiston police.

Today, she's the Lewiston Police Department's new crime analyst.

Establishing an Analytics Culture in Public Safety (News)

Sometimes lost in the big data discussion, especially in public safety circles, is the challenge of overcoming organizational cultural challenges in employing analytics as part of day-to-day operations. Renowned criminologist Jerry Ratcliffe suggests in his article, “Integrated Intelligence and Crime Analysis,” that while analytical technology and analysts can be introduced into the organizational structure of police departments, the receptiveness of police departments to assimilate this information may be difficult.

Independence police forecasting crimes before they happen (News)

Independence, Mo., police are lowering crime rates by forecasting them before they happen.

McCoy Park was known for its homeless camps and police noticed several crimes associated with them.

However, because of a new initiative police say the camp is no longer there and the number of issues reported has dropped.

Jennifer Dachenhausen is the Crime Analyst at the Independence Police Department. She said since Chief Tom Dailey started the "Core Process," crime in the city is down.

Rise of the crime analyst (News)

Given the proper support, crime analysts can serve as an indispensable asset within the department and the city.

Cambridge police look at math to solve crimes (News)

It is among the most notoriously difficult crimes to solve — the home break-in. There are seldom witnesses. Burglars tend to work stealthily, either under the cover of darkness or when their victims are away from home, at work or on vacation. On average, police solve no more than 13 percent of residential burglaries, according to national figures.

But two Cambridge police crime analysts and an MIT professor and doctoral student believe a computer system they developed that mathematically analyzes these crimes could be the key to solving more of them.

Philadelphia’s Crime Mapping System Wins 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award  (News)

The Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department Mapping and Analysis Unit were jointly honored to receive the distinguished 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award on July 8th at the 2013 Esri International User Conference. The award was given in recognition of a state-of-the-art ArcGIS for Server environment enabling interactive web mapping, query, and analysis of numerous law enforcement databases.

Florida Sheriff's Office Uses Appliance to Better Search Databases for Crime Information (News)

The Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office is five months into a unique project using the Google Search Appliance to locate and extract criminal justice information from three different internal databases, including the agency’s data warehouse.

Sheriff’s Office officials say they may be the first law enforcement agency to use the Google search hardware this way. The tool is being used primarily to search relational databases, but it also can crawl most standard file systems and social media feeds. For example, the Sheriff’s Office has tested it successfully with Twitter and RSS feeds.

WebCase (Software)

WebCase® was designed by experienced law enforcement professionals to help you collect Internet information in a usable, evidentiary, reportable manner. Built to manage the cases you initiate online, it was designed specifically to:

•Simplify the online evidence collection process.
•Aid the investigator to preserve online evidence.
•Provide for the proper collection of legally defensible evidence.
•Offer complete undercover identity and suspect information control.
•Provide reports in a usable and understandable format.

WebCase's unique process is actually patented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. WebCase was the first online investigations tool to comply with the standard digital evidence collections methodologies.

Crime analysis a key tool for Lodi police (News)

Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms hired Miller, who spent nearly 30 years as a patrol officer and sergeant with the department, as the department’s crime analyst. His job was to study crimes, identify trends and provide officers with enough information to become proactive instead of reactive.

Foundation presents IACA Member Casey Hatchett with Unsung Hero Award (News)

The Brookline Community Foundation has announced Brookline Police Officer Casey Hatchett as the winner of its Unsung Hero Award.

The Foundation is honoring Hatchett for her work as the crime analyst for the police department, as well as her services as the treasurer for the Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence and as the co-chair of the Brookline Commission for Women.

Newport News police honor officers, citizens (News)

Civilian Employee of the Year Award: To Jennifer Coner, for her responsive research in the crime analysis unit.

Longmont Police analysis helps ID problematic areas (News)

Sometimes the devil really is in the details, and there is nothing better than a good spreadsheet to rout him out, according to the Longmont Police Department.

Calculating Crimes (News)

Spokane police say new efforts have slowed the rise in property crime rates, which have increased since 1985 despite national trends.

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