Sgt. Tracy Barton is the crime analyst for the Saint Joseph Police Department. The crime analysis function is a set of systematic analytical processes directed to provide timely and pertinent information relevant to crime patterns and trend correlation(s). The intent of the process is to assist operational and administrative personnel with planning and deployment of resources in order to prevent and suppress criminal activities. Crime Analysis supports a number of department functions, including patrol, traffic, special operations, criminal investigations, research and development of new techniques, crime prevention, and administration.
The objective is for the crime analyst to utilize this information while still fresh to prepare regularly scheduled reports revealing overall activity and identifying any criminal patterns as they develop. The advantage of a quick turnaround from incident report to prepared analytical report is it allows department staff to develop a response to place resources in the areas needed. Continued reports by the analyst allows staff to evaluate the effectiveness of their actions and make adjustments as necessary