Crime Analysis Unit
The Crime Analysis Unit carefully reviews and analyzes all information, including crime reports, calls for service, arrest reports and other pertinent information. In addition, the Crime Analysis Unit seeks to identify crime patterns, hot spots, and trends and also provides patrolman and detectives with information necessary to identify criminal offenders.
Crime Analysis is defined as:
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 clearance of cases. Within this context, crime analysis supports a number of department functions, including patrol deployment, special services and tactical units, investigations, planning and research, crime prevention, and administrative services.
–Steven Gottlieb et al., 1994, "Crime Analysis: From First Report to Final Arrest."
There are 3 Types of Crime Analysis:
Administrative Crime Analysis deals with long-range comparisons (quarterly, semi-annually or annually). Examples of administrative crime analysis tasks include providing economic, geographic, and law enforcement information to police management, city hall, city council, and neighborhood/citizen groups.
Strategic Crime Analysis is primarily concerned with operational strategies and seeks solutions to on-going problems (weeks, months, quarters or years). The purpose of strategic crime analysis is to perform police service more effectively and efficiently by matching service delivery to demands for service.
Tactical Crime Analysis deals with immediate criminal offenses (immediate, hours, days, weeks). It promotes a quick response to recent offenses such as burglaries and robberies. The tactical crime analyst provides information to assist operational personnel in the identification of specific crime trends and in the arrest of criminal offenders.
Crime Analysis Personnel:
The Beverly Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit is comprised of one full-time crime analyst. Officer Mike Boccuzzi is the current Crime Analyst. He can be reached at 978-921-6040 x2522.