Crime Analyst

Survey crime data for trends.

What does a Crime Analyst do?

A woman is mugged while walking through the park. To her, the crime is immediate and personal. To a Crime Analyst, the incident is part of a larger pattern.

Perhaps that park is the scene of many other muggings in the past year, or perhaps there’s recently been a rash of red-purse thefts. A Crime Analyst looks at data surrounding criminal acts, and tries to prevent such issues from occurring in the future.

When you’re a Crime Analyst, data is your best friend. Police Officers, Detectives, and Parole Officers record a staggering amount of information on crime, and you sift and sort through that data, looking for immediate issues that must be addressed. A spree in one part of town could prompt you to recommend increased patrols, or an increase in gang-related activity could necessitate a call to local gang-prevention nonprofit groups in the community.

Long-term trends, such as an increase in population or a movement from the city to the suburbs, could impact how the police department functions. Periodically, you distill this information into reports full of charts and colorful graphs so your Police Commissioner can adjust plans accordingly.

There are times when your local department intersects with state or federal crimes. Some criminals cross state lines, for example, while some terrorist networks issue orders that apply to all members no matter where they live. By keeping an eye on these nationwide reports, you help your group prepare for the challenges heading your way.