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About Crime Analysis
Overview
The Crime Analysis division:
  • Is a set of systematic, analytic processes
  • Is directed at providing timely and pertinent information relative to crime patterns and trend correlations
  • Assists the operational and administrative personnel in planning the deployment of resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal activities
  • Aids the investigative process
  • Increases apprehensions and clearance of cases

Call the Research and Development Unit at (651) 266-5501 with questions. 

Types of Criminal Analysis
  • Operational - Analysis is directed to short-term law enforcement with an immediate impact in mind
  • Strategic - Analysis deals with more long-term issues and goals

Causes and Origins of Crime
Some factors known to affect crime rates include:
  • Administrative and investigative emphasis of law enforcement
  • Citizen's attitudes toward crime
  • Climate
  • Crime reporting practices of citizens
  • Cultural factors and education, recreational, and religious characteristics
  • Drug use
  • Economic conditions, including median income, poverty level, and job availability
  • Effective strength of law enforcement agencies
  • Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness
  • Gang activity
  • Modes of transportation and highway system
  • Policies of other components of the criminal justice system
  • Population density and degree of urbanization
  • Stability of population with respect to residents' mobility, commuting patterns, and transient factors

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