Questions for Discussion

  • 1. What can best be learned from the CompStat model?
  • 2. What are some ways that a crime analyst can become part of an effective team within the police department?

Important Terms

CompStat: Performance management system that is used to reduce crime and achieve other police department goals. It emphasizes information sharing, responsibility and accountability, and improving effectiveness.

Crime pattern: Group of two or more crimes reported to or discovered by police that are unique because they meet certain conditions, such as sharing at least one common factor.

Crime pattern bulletin: Report issued by a crime analyst or crime analyst unit that summarizes the relevant information about crimes that have been linked together as a pattern.

Crime series: Group of similar crimes thought to be committed by the same individual or group of individuals acting in concert.

Directed patrol: Focused patrol or patrol resources concentrated at the times and in the places with the highest risks of serious crime.

Hot spot: When a crime pattern occurs in a relatively small area, it is referred to as a hot spot or a cluster.

Linkage analysis: Analysis that integrates information from three distinct, but interrelated, aspects of a crime pattern perpetrated by a single offender.

Pattern detection: Occurs when offenses are reported during a relatively short period of time and the crime analyst is able to identify common attributes among those offenses.

Target profiling: Analyst attempt to profile the subject or the suspect, that is, the target.

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