CRIME AND INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS
California Occupational Guide Number 557
Interest Area: Protective
CRIME ANALYSTS and INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS are two distinct occupations, but share a common goal to
predict and prevent crime. Crime Analysts study the relationships between crimes that have already occurred with
the goal of spotting crime patterns and forecasting crimes trends. Intelligence Analysts focus on people and
organizations and their interrelationships. They analyze intelligence data to anticipate and prevent future events of
gangs, organized crime, and terrorist activity.
Crime and Intelligence Analysts may be classified as Intelligence Specialists, Criminal Intelligence Specialists,
Intelligence Research Specialists, Crime Prevention Specialists, and Community Services Specialists.
WHAT DO CRIME AND INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS DO?
Crime Analysts perform the following tasks:
• Study crime patterns and trends, how these trends affect a particular jurisdiction, and how police agencies
respond to them.
• Collect, analyze, correlate, and evaluate data from crime, intelligence, arrest reports and other documents,
looking for crime patterns or trends.
• Study offender and victim characteristics and their modus operandi (method of operation).
• Analyze dates, times, geography, and environment of crimes.
• Forecast the date, time, and location of the next crime in a series.
• Produce complex reports and bulletins for police agencies to help them develop strategies and tactics that
increase the effectiveness of crime prevention and control, officer presence, and suspect arrests.
• Work closely with investigators and prosecutors to communicate crime patterns and trends.
• Develop crime-mapping analysis of geographic data from deputy reports, service calls, and other documents.
• Use complex databases, and software applications such as geographic information systems (GIS) mapping
systems, and artificial intelligence networks.
• May train agency