Crime Analysis Unit
Lieutenant Meredith McLaughlin
The mission of the Crime Analysis Unit is to support the operational elements and the administration of the Police Department by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on crime pattern detection, crime-suspect correlation, target profile analysis, and forecasting crime potential, trends, and patterns.
CRIME ANALYSIS is a set of systematic, analytical processes directed at providing timely and pertinent information relative to crime patterns and trend correlations to assist operational and administrative personnel in planning the deployment of resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal activities, aiding the investigative process, and increasing apprehensions and the clearances of cases. Within this context, crime analysis supports a number of department functions including patrol deployment, special operations and tactical units, investigations, planning and research, crime prevention and administrative services. This is accomplished by formally organizing and developing files, analysis procedures and techniques, and establishing communication channels with the users.
Types of Crime Analysis
Tactical crime analysis: deals with immediate criminal offenses to promote quick response. It provides information to assist operational personnel in the identification of specific crime trends and in the arrest of criminal offenders. The primary goal is to identify crime trends and patterns/series. Tactical information links offender and modus operandi information from a number of offense in an attempt to provide investigative leads, help solve crimes, and clear cases after apprehension and arrests.
Strategic: concerned with operational strategies and seeks solutions to on-going problems. It provides information for resource allocation purposes, including patrol scheduling and beat configuration. Its purpose is to identify unusual crime activities over certain levels or at different seasonal times, identify unusual community conditions, provide police service more effectively and efficiently by matching demands for service with service delivery, reduce and/or eliminate recurring problems, and assist in community policing or problem-oriented policing.
Administrative: involves long range projects. Tasks include providing economic, geographic and law enforcement information to police management, city hall, city council, and neighborhood/citizen groups. Its purpose is financial, organizational, political, and legislative. It is critical to budget, personnel, public information, and legal issues.
YPD Implements New Crime Reporting Methodology
Up until the end of December of 2011, the Y.P.D. used an incident based method for recording crime statistics. For example, if there was an assault committed at a specific location and 5 people were assaulted during the event, it was recorded as 1 incident of assault.
In January of 2012, the Y.P.D. began to record crimes using a victim based method, particularly in the recording of assaults. In using this method each victim is counted as a separate crime. Using the same example, if there was an assault committed at a specific location and 5 people were assaulted, it is now being counted as 5 separate assaults.
This switch in recording methods was a result of integrating our new Records Management System (R.M.S.), and it inherently causes a rise in statistics, particularly assaults.
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