16.00.080 CRIME ANALYSIS (CALEA 15.3.1)
The Crime Analysis function is the responsibility of the Investigations Section. Crime Analysis is a critical function in the provision of quality law enforcement services to the community. Crime analysis data is valuable as a tool to measure Department impact on crime, to assist in establishing budget requirements, personnel allocations, major crime emphasis activities, crime prevention, long-range planning, and estimating future crime trends. Criminal information and intelligence must be analyzed for activity trends to ensure enforcement and investigative resources are being directed and utilized to their fullest.
The Crime Analysis Unit is responsible for the collection, collation, analysis, and distribution of crime and mapping data to aid operational personnel in executing crime control and prevention objectives to include temporal and geographical information to determine trends and patterns for all criminal activities. Specific tasks assigned to the crime analysis function may include:
v Identifying and analyzing methods of operation of individual criminals
v Providing crime pattern recognition
v Providing analysis of data from field interviews, victim and witness interviews, arrests and other sources
The Crime Analysis Unit accepts data from outside agencies as well as other sections of the Department and will distribute crime analysis products as necessary.
Crime analysis data elements are extracted from, but not limited to both open sources and restricted databases.
Computer compilation, analysis, and display of crime data and analytical conclusions are intended to produce a variety of products to include but not limited to:
v Crimes by location, time of day, time of week
v Comparisons by incident characteristics and modus operandi
v Identification of developing patterns and trends
The Crime Analysis Unit will generate re-occurring and timely analysis reports of crimes by reporting crime location, time of day, and day of week. These reports will be distributed to Operations personnel. Other products such as suspect profiles will be produced as requested through established procedures.
Printed information furnished to other law enforcement agencies must be clearly identified as coming from the Bellevue Police Department with a notation that there should be no secondary dissemination.
Crime Analysis data will be provided to the Crime Prevention Detectives for purposes of identifying crime targets and reducing potential victimization.
The Crime Analysis Unit will routinely forward to the Chief of Police an analysis of crime patterns or trends and demonstrated by total Department offenses including monthly totals by crime, year to date totals by crime and comparison figures with previous years by crime. Additionally, the Unit will furnish the Public Information Officer with specific crime information to enhance public information and generate community support.
Recipients of crime analysis information are encouraged to comment of the effectiveness of the information received. Analysis of feedback and evaluation of program effectiveness is the responsibility of the crime analysis function. This evaluation is continuous and ongoing.