Crime analysis is an integral and critical aspect of community
policing and problem-oriented policing. It is extremely
important in maintaining effective operational and administrative
departmental functions, such as identifying enforcement
priorities and in long-range planning.
Administrative crime analysis: Provides economic,
geographic, social, and/or other types of general
information to administrators.
Crime analysis: Systematic, analytical processes which
provide timely and relevant information about crime
patterns and trends to assist operational and
administrative personnel in planning the deployment of
resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal
activities, aiding investigations, and increasing
apprehensions and the clearance of cases.
Strategic crime analysis: Provides information about
long-range problems, such as crime rate increases and
decreases and resource acquisition and allocation
Tactical crime analysis: Provides information to help
operations personnel identify specific crime problems and
arrest criminal offenders.
A. Data Sources
Data are to be collected from the following sources:
1. Computer aided dispatch system, records
management system, and printed reports from
2. Incident reports;
3. Uniform crime reports;
4. Field information cards;
5. Sex and narcotics registrants;
6. Census and other sociological data;
7. Arrest and disposition reports and arrest files;
8. Parole / probation information;
9. Information from other elements;
10. Other computerized databases, such as the
National Crime Information Center;
11. Departmental and public surveys;
12. Media reports;
13. Community meetings and cit izen input;
14. Other agencies, both local and national;
15. Professional articles and data collected by
outside agencies; and
16. Other relevant sources.
B. Crime Analysis Tasks
Raw data are meaningless without analysis. The data
must be indexed and sorted to support analytic
processes in performing the following tasks:
1. Identifying existing or evolving crime
patterns and series;
2. Forecasting future crime occurrences;
3. Developing target (victim) profile analyses;
4. Providing suspect leads to investigators;
5. Providing support data to community policing and
crime prevention programs;
6. Linking crimes to aid detectives in case
7. Providing support data for departmental planning
8. Providing data for deployment planning, resource
allocation, and budgeting;
9. Providing other ad hoc reports as requested,
including temporal data and geographic mapping
of crimes using the Geographic Information
10. Recovering digital media evidence (DME) for all
kinds of cases generated by the Honolulu Police Department;
11. Converting the DME that cannot be played on
departmental computers; and
12. Preparing the DME for evidence and court presentation.
C. Documentation of Selected Crimes
1. Reports will be regularly generated that
identify the frequencies of various types of
crimej geographic and temporal distributionj
victim! target! suspect! and suspect vehicle
descriptorsj modus operandi similaritiesj
information on physical evidencej and community
policing strategies! if any.
2. Ad hoc reports will also be made to document
specific crime problems.
3. Police reports will be prepared, documenting
any DME recovered, concerted, or prepared for court.
D. Dissemination of Crime Analysis Information
1 . Crime analysis reports will be distributed on a
timely basis to the appropriate units. Tact ical
and strategic crime anal ysis information will be
sent directly to all affected units.
2. The crime analysis lieutenant or designee will
meet with patrol representatives on a weekly
basis to share information and concerns.
3 . The Chief of Police will be regularly briefed on
crime patterns and trends and provided with
administrative crime analysis data.
4 . Information relevant to the departmental
strategic plans will be provided to the
appropriate staff units.
5. With the approval of the Chief of Police, the
general public and other law enforcement
agencies will be kept informed of the selected
crime information via the media and/ or the
departmental Web site. However, information
concerning confidential operational issues will
be carefully controlled.
E. Feedback Analysis
Periodic surveys will be made of all elements
receiving crime analysis reports to ensure that needs
are being met. Suggestions will be received for
improvements to analysis and dissemination processes.