Applications in Criminal Analysis: A Sourcebook

Applications in Criminal Analysis: A Sourcebook

Applications in Criminal Analysis: A Sourcebook

Applications in Criminal Analysis: A Sourcebook

Synopsis

A practicing analyst combines broad training and research and hands-on experience in this first comprehensive reference/text assessing criminal, investigative, and strategic analysis techniques and reports, while showing how they support every facet of law enforcement today. The sourcebook gives a history of the field of analysis and of the education and training of analysts; lists and describes analytical techniques; discusses public and strategic reporting and the application of analytical techniques in all types of investigations; highlights the work of agencies, organizations, and individuals in the field; and points to future needs and uses for criminal analysis. A glossary, a description of computer software, an encyclopedic arrangement of data, and a lengthy bibliography make this guide invaluable for analysts, law enforcement officers, and criminal justice students and experts.

Excerpt

Criminal analysis is the application of particular analytical methods to data collected for the purpose of criminal investigation or criminal research. It is practiced in law enforcement, in the criminal defense field, in the military, and in private security organizations around the world. In some organizations, it is used informally as part of an investigator's or prosecutor's work. In others, it is applied by uniquely trained personnel who are commonly called "intelligence analysts," "crime analysts," or "criminal information analysts." These terms are often used interchangeably.

A sourcebook on the applications of criminal analysis is tasked with several purposes. First, it must explain the context of criminal analysis: what it is, from where does it come, what training supports it, and what standards for it are now in place. Second, the sourcebook must detail analytical methods in a manner which nonanalysts can understand. Third, the practical applications of analytical skills and methods within the investigative process and within criminal justice management must be shown.

This volume may serve as an overview of analytical techniques for those in the field and as an introduction to the world of analysis for those who are not. The need for analysis in the investigative/prosecutorial world is seldom questioned; the purpose of this sourcebook is to serve as a guide to the concepts and practices of analysis which can benefit the student, the teacher, the practitioner, and the manager.

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