CAU Development Center

Welcome to the Crime Analysis Development Center! This area of the IACA website contains all of the information you need to start a crime analysis unit. The Development Center is intended to provide knowledge and resources to help your department design and develop a crime analysis unit

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What is Crime Analysis & What Can it do for My Agency?

Crime analysis is both a profession and a set of techniques. The professionals who perform crime analysis, and the techniques they use, are dedicated to helping a police department become more effective through better information. [Read More...]


What do Crime Analysts do?

Crime Analysts help police departments in five primary ways:

  1. Finding Series, Patterns, Trends, and Hot Spots as They Happen
  2. Researching and Analyzing Long-Term Problems
  3. Providing Information on Demand
  4. Developing and Linking Local Intelligence
  5. Making Your Department Look Good

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Is My Agency Too Small to Have a Crime Analyst?

Maybe. Your agency may be too small for a full-time analyst, however this does not mean that you should not have a crime analysis function at all. The key is to regard crime analysis as a set of techniques, rather than a full-time position. Few small agencies have full-time identification technicians or accident investigators, but almost all have someone trained in fingerprinting and accident reconstruction. [Read More...]


How Should Crime Analysis be Implemented?

The IACA recommends a methodical process for implementing crime analysis at your department. These guidelines will help you establish a strong crime analysis foundation from the start. [Read More...]

Meet an Analyst

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What Crime Analysts Do

What is Crime Analysis?

Sample Analyst Products

Interviewing Analyst Candidates

Analyst Training

Testing Analyst Candidates

Crime Analysis Literature

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Evaluation and Measuring Performance

Sample Work Request Forms