The Raytown Police Department has employed a full time civilian crime analyst since mid-2010. The crime analyst is part of the Investigations Division, but provides support to all administrative and operational units within the department.
The main goal of crime analysis is to help the department become more effective through better information. The analyst’s duties include analyzing and summarizing data, disseminating crime and intelligence data, and identifying crime series and patterns. This can help other police units solve crimes, find and apprehend offenders, detect and solve community problems, educate the public, optimize internal operations and plan for future resource needs. Another integral job of the analyst is to share crime information with surrounding agencies. Criminals don’t stop at the city limits, and with so many separate police departments and sheriff’s offices in the greater Kansas City metro area, cooperation between jurisdictions is incredibly important.
The crime analyst is also responsible for maintaining departmental statistical information. This information is used to measure the effectiveness of policing efforts as well as allocate resources.