Crime analysis is a law enforcement function that involves systematic analysis for identifying and analyzing patterns and trends in crime and disorder. Crime analysis also plays a role in devising solutions to crime problems, and formulating crime prevention strategies.
Crime analysts have made themselves indispensable by providing police with vital intelligence and information regarding growing crime trends. They also analyze data from a variety of sources to help law enforcement managers make better decisions on how and where to employ their resources and manpower and become more efficient in fighting crime. Crime analysts not only use the information they gather to identify criminals but to target possible suspects as well.
The crime analysts gather and analyze crime statistics; provide information on demand; produce reports; develop intelligence; advise police commanders; identify criminal trends, including emerging problems; find series, patterns, trends, and hot spots as they happen; use crime mapping technology; use computer-aided dispatch programs; research and analyze long-term problems and present response strategies; develop and link local intelligence; make your department look good.