Crime analysis is one of the most effective tools available to support law enforcement agencies today. Data collection is worthless unless it is easily understood and has relevance to the case. Analysis of information provides the indicators of what one has and what is missing. The analysis ultimately organizes the information in a way that leads possibly to prosecutorial success.

With this notion in mind, students will be required to develop a proposal of guidelines for starting an “analytical unit” within a police department.

Your proposal should include the following:

Mission, goals, and objectives
Role of analysis within the department
Staffing
Procedures
Training
Expected products

A minimum of five references is needed for the final paper. Sources can include academically based books, journals, and government papers being acceptable. Sources used must have been published within the past 5-10 years of the current date. The more recent, the better. Examples of journals include:

Journal of CriminologyCrime and Public OpinionJournal of Criminal Justice and Public PolicyJustice Quarterly: JQ

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