Crime Analysis

About the Crime Analysis Unit

The Crime Analysis unit in Lawrence has a wide range of responsibilities, some of which include: summarizing and reporting intelligence to internal and external law enforcement officials; identifying and reporting crime trends and crime patterns; maintaining and reporting official crime data; supporting the work of the Chief’s Office, other divisions, and the City; supporting grant applications and grant reporting; creating reports for ad hoc crime inquires for internal and external audiences.


In addition, the information that Crime Analysis collects and analyzes helps solve individual crimes and supports on-going criminal investigations. For example, the unit has helped investigators identify and apprehend offenders in crimes ranging from car breaks to homicide.
Some basic questions that Crime Analysis answers include:

  • Is crime trending up or down?
  • What crimes are most problematic for the city?
  • Where and when are crimes happening?
  • What areas and locations have the greatest crime concentrations?
  • How are crimes related to each other? (What are the crime patterns?)


Some methods that help answer these questions include

  • Spatial analysis (GIS mapping)
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Quantitative analysis


In short, the work that Crime Analysis does supports the goals of:

  • Identifying, locating, and apprehending offenders
  • Reducing crime
  • Detecting and solving community problems
  • Identifying short-term and long term crime patterns and trends
  • Improving quality of life
  • Improving public and officer safety
  • Measuring effectiveness and optimizing internal operations
  • Providing crime information to law enforcement, government, and the public