Selecting the Best Analyst for the Job: A Model Crime Analyst Assessment Process for Law Enforcement Agencies
The rapid growth in applications and usage of crime mapping and analysis in law enforcement agencies in recent years has increased job opportunities for new analysts. As crime analysis has become an established profession, there is a need for consensus about the specific knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics and the extent of formalized training necessary for new analysts. Through various discussion channels, including in-house forums, focus groups, visits with crime analysis units, and participation at annual crime mapping conferences, the Police Foundation’s Crime Mapping and Problem Analysis Laboratory recognized the importance of creating hiring standards and a systematic and comprehensive hiring process for selecting highly capable crime analysts. This publication and accompanying appendices on CD-ROM focus on defining the job of a crime analyst and on a model procedure for selecting the best possible crime analyst for a law enforcement agency.
The following appendices are available on the CD that accompanies the printed report* or in PDF (below).
Model Crime Analyst Assessment Process (CAAP) Training Presentation Exercises
Part of the Advanced Problem Analysis, Crime Analysis, and Crime Mapping Training Curriculum, these two PowerPoint® presentations have been incorporated into Selecting the Best Analyst for the Job: A Model Crime Analyst Assessment Process for Law Enforcement Agencies (referenced on page 32 and on page D-5 of Appendix D-3). (Requires MS PowerPoint Viewer)
*To order a printed copy of Selecting the Best Analyst for the Job: A Model Crime Analyst Assessment Process for Law Enforcement Agencies and the appendices on CD-ROM, contact the COPS Response Center at 1-800-421-6770 or use the COPS Publications Request Form at http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/publications/e06071391b.pdf.
Publications are free and mailed free of charge. Please note the book was updated in December 2010 and that version is currently available online only.
This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement #2005-CK-WX-K004 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.