The University Police Department Crime Analyst conducts research and strategic crime analysis to identify crime patterns and trends; analyzes long-term crime patterns and trends using probability studies and statistical analysis such as random samplings, correlation, and regression analysis; develops suspect profiles; and forecasts future criminal activity.
In this profession and process, quantitative and qualitative techniques are used to analyze data valuable to police agencies and their communities. It includes the analysis of crime, crime victims/survivors, disorders, quality of life issues, traffic issues, and internal police operations. Its results support criminal investigation and prosecution, patrol activities, crime prevention and reduction strategies, problem solving, and the evaluation of police efforts.
The primary purpose of crime analysis is to support the operations of a police department. These functions include criminal investigation, apprehension, and prosecution; patrol activities; crime prevention and reduction strategies; problem solving; and the evaluation and accountability of police efforts.