Questions for Discussion

  • 1. Why do you think administrative crime analysis has been considered low-priority crime analysis? Should it be considered low priority? Why or why not?
  • 2. How would you go about gathering and analyzing research if you, as a crime analyst, were assigned to do a presentation on whether your police agency should request military equipment from the Department of Defense?

Important Terms

Administrative crime analysis: Presentation of interesting findings of crime research and analysis based on legal, political, and practical concerns to inform audiences within the police administration, the city government or the city council, and citizens.

Focus groups: Sometimes referred to as group interviews, focus groups are guided conversations in which an analyst meets with a collection of similarly situated, but usually unrelated persons for purposes of uncovering information about a topic.

Interviews: Typically structured conversations that researchers have with individuals to learn more about crime problems or crime trends.

Qualitative research: Qualitative research methods, as opposed to quantitative research, provide more emphasis on interpretation and usually look at contexts, the environment, and the people involved in a crime problem.

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