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Crime Analysis Division

The Crime Analysis Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is a support unit responsible for continually leveraging technology and employing a set of systematic, analytical processes to provide timely, targeted information related to crime patterns and trends. Staff members provide direct information and intelligence support to patrol operations and specialized units for use in planning the deployment of resources aimed at reducing and preventing crime at the neighborhood level. In addition, the Division is responsible for developing and deploying Geographic Information Systems technology and toolsets for the CMPD.

Types of crime analysis conducted at CMPD:
  • Tactical Crime Analysis: Tactical Crime Analysis is the study of recent criminal incidents and activity by examining characteristics such as how, when and where crime occurs to develop patterns, trends and potential suspects. This type of analysis will lead to short term responses by police in order to end a crime spree and potentially clear cases.

  • Criminal Investigative Analysis: Criminal Investigative Analysis is the study of serial criminals and/or victims to assist in linking together and solving current serial criminal activity. Essentially, this type of analysis seeks to develop a profile of an offender based on the types of crimes they have committed and those they have committed crimes with.

  • Intelligence Analysis: Intelligence Analysis is the study of organized criminal activity. The purpose of Intelligence Analysis is to assist sworn personnel in the understanding of current criminal networks and apprehension of individuals to subsequently prevent criminal activity. A related goal is to link information together, prioritize information, identify relationships, and identify areas for further investigation by putting the analysis in a framework that is easy to understand.

  • Strategic Crime Analysis: Strategic Crime Analysis is the study of crime and law enforcement information integrated with socio-demographic and spatial factors to determine long term patterns of activity, to assist in problem solving, as well as to plan for and evaluate responses to crime problems. Strategic Crime Analysis focuses on the questions of how, where, when, why crime occurs and seeks to understand how non-law enforcement data relates to crime and disorder in order to develop a response.

  • ​​Administrative Analysis: Administrative Crime Analysis is conducted to educate and assist law enforcement administration and city government officials about the methods in which the department operates and the effect that it has on crime and disorder.

Crime Analysis Structure At CMPD:
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has a team of Management Analysts assigned to support all types of analysis required. In addition, there are three Systems Applications Specialists and one UCR crime reporting position, all of which are overseen by Monica Nguyen, Director of the Crime Analysis Division.

Crime Analysis Divisions