The Crime Analysis Unit supports the Sheriff's Office by conducting administrative, tactical, strategic and intelligence analysis. Housed in Investigations, the Crime Analysts work predominantly with detectives and patrol deputies.
Analysts are responsible for identifying patterns, series, trends and hot spots of crime through the daily examination of crime reports and calls for service. By reviewing reports on a daily basis, Analysts can link together crimes, persons, and modus operandi to answer the who, what, when, where, and sometimes the why. Crime Analysts routinely produce bulletins, reports, and mapping products. They assist with long-term research and analysis projects such as beat redistribution studies, call volume, and statistical reports. Analysis are often called upon for immediate requests of information on persons and places or assisting with in-progress incidents.
The Crime Analysis Unit utilizes a variety of internal and external databases and systems as well as open-source information. Analysts are experts in Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Records Management Systems (RMS), and robust digital mapping software.