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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.

Carlsbad Police Chief Honors Officers, Civilians and Heroes (News)

Crime Analyst Cindy Tran was awarded the Medal of Merit for her role in developing procedures using statistical information and crime mapping to enable officers to predict where future crimes may occur and identify crime trends throughout San Diego County.

Analyst officer takes a byte out of crime (News)

Jaeger is the Police Department's crime analyst. His tool of the trade is primarily a computer.

His position "is part of our overall strategy to provide research- and evidence-based policing on the street," Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Matysik said.

Jaeger provides objective data the department's officers can rely upon to make decisions. He puts the city's crime data into easily understandable maps and charts, "which helps us understand what's driving crime and where it's located," Matysik said.

New Bend PD crimes analyst tracking trends (News)

BEND, Ore. -
Bend police wanted a way to track crime, and possibly even stop it before it occurs. So they recently created a new position and hired a crimes analyst to research and track trends -- and it's already paying off.

Armed with technology, an ability to see patterns and experience with crime in Los Angeles , Nancy Watson is now part of Bend's police force.

Crime analyst helps solicitor's team target 'worst of the worst' (News)

The career criminals Dylan Hightower has helped put behind bars watch him every day.

They peer at him from mug shots posted on a bulletin board in the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office. They've received sentences ranging from 25 years to life.

Hightower, a crime analyst trained by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, joined the Solicitor's Office about six months ago to help its Career Criminal Prosecution Team go after "the worst of the worst," said solicitor Duffie Stone.

Hightower is charged with proving which detainees are the repeat offenders -- the career criminals -- who commit most of the violent crimes.

Crime data analysts help sheriff's office solve more cases (News)

Computers have changed crime fighting, and Channel 9 has learned the Orange County Sheriff's Office will upgrade a department that few people even know exists: a team of analysts who use data to solve crimes.

Analyst identifies bank robber (Success Stories)

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.

Making Cell Site Analysis Accessible (News)

The Cellular Analysis Mapping Program (CAMP) is changing the way cell site analysis and mapping is performed. Designed for crime analysts and law enforcement investigators, CAMP automates the mapping of call detail records from cell phone companies such as AT&T, Cricket, MetroPCS, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon. CAMP uses a simple push-button interface to rapidly take cell site information and visualize that data in Google Earth and Microsoft MapPoint.

By employing automatic recognition algorithms to determine the service provider of cellular records, CAMP cuts through the confusion of having to know the ins and outs of various data formats. CAMP determines the cell phone company, makes the appropriate interpretation of the records, and maps that data.

CAMP has been used to forensically analyze thousands of cellphone records, for hundreds of cases, the results of which have been used in dozens of criminal trials.

Crimes prevented with data analysis (News)

Police forces on P.E.I. are using new tools and techniques to analyze crime data, and having success not only in catching criminals but preventing crime.

Glen McGrath, a former RCMP officer who is now a civilian working for the force as a crime analyst, said crunching numbers isn't as dull as it might sound.

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