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Crime analysts have served many roles in a policing agency. Crime analysts may do statistical reporting, tactical and strategic analysis, investigative support, crime scene diagramming and link analysis charts, crime research, and everything in between. Crime analysts also play an integral role in community policing and problem solving through their roles as data managers and analysts, as researchers, and as members on the problem-solving team. This entry introduces the various roles of crime analysts and then goes into more detail on the roles of analysts for community policing and problem-solving agencies. The entry concludes with a discussion of the future roles of crime analysts in policing.

Traditional Roles

The three types of crime analysis that predominate in policing are administrative, tactical, and strategic. Within these categories, crime ...

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