Monday, August 07, 2006

Free Arc/ESRI Training Online

Free is always a nice price for training.  It is my understanding that while ESRI's products are not the only GIS options available, they are far-and-away the major player in the Crime Analysis world.  A recent post to the LEAnalyst website (see the link in our list) recently mentioned some of the free online webinars available from ESRI.  You can find their training home page at (which includes online, in-person, and paid training options), or simply take a peek at the free online training by clicking here.

- Hutch

Friday, August 04, 2006

Resources for Developing a Crime Analysis Unit

Just yesterday the CMAP folks announced a new kit created specifically to assist those who are charged with creating (or perhaps re-vamping) a Crime Analysis Unit.  Though we'll attempt a more complete review in the near future, it's worth your time and bandwidth to take a look at it now.  The kit includes a multitude of free and open-source software (if you choose to download the full package), as well as templates and layouts for documentation, web site creation, etc.

You'll find the link under the Resources tab on the CMAP site:

- Hutch

Monday, July 31, 2006

Resources for New Analysts

As I began the transition to crime analysis, I had high hopes for finding resources readily available (and possibly free) online.  In a few areas I've been disappointed--assuming more would be out there.  However, for the most part, I've been very happy to find so much (actually too much) to read.

One of the most useful tools I initially found was Clarke and Eck's Crime Analysis for Problem Solvers in 60 Small StepsThis, along with numerous other downloadable manuals is available at the COPS website ( 

If you have links or other resources you'd recommend for new analysts, please comment below.  Note that you'll have to register to do so, but this helps keep the "comment spam" to a minimum.

- Hutch

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Beginning the Journey

Being a novice at the crime analysis game, I am reticent to even
begin posting on the subject. However, my hope would be that this
blog will serve as a repository of knowledge for others who follow.
Crime Analysis, like other security, intelligence, and law
enforcement specialties, is a growing field. I have also found that
it is a very broadly defined discipline. In fact, I cringe each time
someone asks what it is I do, because such an explanation demands
more than a simple sentence or two.

I would invite others in the crime analysis community to share their
thoughts here, and I will certainly entertain requests from those
more advanced than myself to share their thoughts on this page.
Please feel free to contact me at

- Hutch

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Beyond the List-Serve

Obviously there's nothing here right now, but hopefully that'll change in the near future. I'm looking to move crime analysis information and discussion beyond the static website (usually advertising expensive analytic software or training), as well as getting it past the free-for-all list-serve. We'll see if that can become a reality.

If you're interested on being invited to post here (assuming your a crime analyst), drop me a line.

- Hutch