A series of police practices and technology make up what today is known as crime analysis. Crime analysis can broadly be defined as the use of police knowledge and data to combat and solve crime. The current study seeks to illuminate the current status of crime analysis, and the measures being taken to gain legitimacy and recognition in the field of law enforcement. First, the historical backdrop of technology and police history will be established. Next, three inter-related research projects are used to frame patterns and practices of contemporary crime analysis. The first project examines police organizations’ adoption of community problem analysis. The second explores themes emerging from a list serve used by crime analysts for professional assistance and queries. Third, a survey of analysts from across New York State is used to describe the experience and training needs among contemporary crime analysts. The research findings are used to evaluate crime analysis as an emerging profession and suggest questions and avenues for future research.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Crime analysis--Research--New York (State); Crime analysis--Technological innovations--New York (State)
Criminal Justice (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Criminal Justice (CLA)
Mason, Alysia C., "Continuity and change in the history of police technology: The case of contemporary crime analysis" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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