The Crime Analyst Hotspot is something I decided to start after I found myself thinking the same thing on a regular basis: “I wish I had known that earlier!” It seems to me that as a new crime analyst, unless you are in a bigger agency with other analysts to help and mentor you, you can often find yourself facing a steep learning curve. I want to help change that.


This is not really a “how-to” type of blog, although that is not to say I will not write such posts from time to time. However, there are already plenty of resources that focus on how analysts do things (e.g. create choropleth maps, perform regression analysis, forecast crime).


But I think there is often too much focus given to the tools of crime analysis and not enough to the day-to-day realities of being a crime analyst, which is what I really want to focus on. So this site will not focus as much on how to do things with this or that program, as it will focus on what analysts need to be doing on a daily basis. What challenges are they facing? What lessons do they have to share? What have they tried that has worked or failed? What do they do everyday that the rest of us should be doing as well? I feel it is important to talk about these subjects more because I am certain there are analysts doing things everyday that could help the rest of us do our jobs better, only we are not comparing notes.


This blog will, of course, focus my own experiences as well as incorporate those of other, more influential, members of the crime analysis community who have been gracious enough to share their knowledge and wisdom with us in interviews.


In short, I started this blog for the simple reason that I wish something like it had existed when I first started. I do not know everything there is to know about crime analysis, and I will not pretend to, but I have learned a lot in the last couple years and I am sure I will learn even more over the next couple years. All I want to do is share my experiences, and the wisdom of other analysts I interview, in order to help others. If you have an idea for the site or would like to contribute please feel free to contact me. Short of that, please leave comments on posts that you find helpful or make your own suggestions regarding the subjects at hand.


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Levi Giraud is the crime analyst for the Lakewood Police Department. Levi has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a certificate in Crime Analysis from Seattle University.