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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.

Longmont investigators eye serial arson suspect in Howe Mortuary fire (Success Stories)

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.

Intelligence and National Security Program at Point Park (Intelligence Analysis Program)

The intelligence and national security program at Point Park is one the first three programs of its type in the country. The Bachelor of Science in intelligence and national security uses broad course work to prepare you for entry-level career opportunities as you seek to uphold our standards of security.

Language skills, critical thinking, analytical skills, strategic thinking, ethical behavior — all are necessary and woven throughout the curriculum. Intelligence and national security majors meet professionals from local federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies while being taught by adjunct professors who work for these agencies.

New crime analyst determines  (News)

Crimes of a feather flock together, but determining those patterns can be complex.

That's where Fargo Police Department crime analyst Levi Giraud comes in.

In Watch Center, an urgent search for man in danger (News)

On a recent Friday night in the Baltimore Police Department's high-tech Watch Center, an urgent but vague tip came in — a murder witness was in danger.

The tipster had overheard a conversation but knew only the nickname of the witness and had a hunch about the name of the street where the killing had taken place.

Could police figure out the witness's identity and get to him before those who wanted to harm him?

Amazing Women of the Suncoast: Karen Jarrett (News)

Karen went from a high school drop-out, to a roughneck driving a truck loaded with explosives, to a single mother of 3, to manager of the Crime Analysis Unit for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Chief praises Women in Blue recipients at luncheon (News)

Goodman, an SDPD crime analyst since 1991, has worked with homicide, sex crime and robbery units, helping solve the 2002 kidnapping and murder case of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, with the conviction of David Westerfield.

Bratton says Oakland crime fight is a 'winnable situation' (News)

Famed police chief-turned-consultant William Bratton oozed confidence Wednesday during his first public appearance in Oakland, where he is being counted on to help the city's undermanned police force beat back a surge in violent crime.

Crime Analysis Leads Police to Carlsbad Village Bike Thief (News)

Not long ago the City of Carlsbad Police Department noticed an increase in bicycle thefts in downtown Carlsbad Village.

The thefts may have appeared random, but to City of Carlsbad Police Department Crime Analyst Cindy Tran they appeared planned. The time of day they happened, the type of bicycle stolen — high-end beach cruisers — the places, even the days of the week all held hidden data that told Tran something about the crime and the thief.

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