In 2008 the Police Department transitioned to a data driven approach to crime detection and deterrence. This data driven approach to crime fighting is called Comparative Statistics (COMPSTAT). Key to COMPSTAT is the Crime Analyst who conducts in-depth analysis of crime and traffic collision data in an effort to identify crime trends and patterns. The Crime Analyst communicates the results of the analysis to Police supervision who use the information to deploy Officers when and where crimes and traffic collisions are occurring.
The Crime Analyst is also responsible for tracking those individuals on parole, probation or repeat offenders that live in or frequent the city. This intelligence information assists detectives identify crime suspects and is regularly used for parole and probation compliance checks.
This information is the foundation for a weekly crime trend bulletin and the monthly COMPSTAT staff meetings.