It’s the last day of 2009. There is only about half a day left for criminals to have their deeds counted towards your department’s 2009 Uniform Crime Report stats. These are the central Texas misdeeds that made the news.
- Killeen Man beats sister after she asks him to wash his hands before church
- Snoozing Temple man arrested after police wake him and find drugs
- Washington Post runs background piece on Fort Hood shooter
Looking Towards the New Year
I started The Crime Analyst’s Blog in 2009. Up until then, I had been producing an internal Open Source Intelligence bulletin at my department. There were a lot of stories out there about the work our officers were doing in the community, and many of them were quite positive. I also knew that a lot of these stories were going unnoticed by our officers who may not have the time to scan all the local news outlets to find them.
Because these stories were in the local media, I eventually decided to turn the internal bulletin into a public blog. I don’t use my access to “official” police reports or information when posting to the blog. Also, as an editorial policy, I don’t publish negative information such as “bad cop” stories even if those stories are covered in the local media. The way I see it, those stories will get quite enough coverage without me adding my two cents.
I’ve been fortunate that my department has been very supportive of my efforts. I get quite a number of positive comments from our officers and command staff. In fact, I get more comments on the blog than I ever do about any of the internal crime bulletins I produce.
The blog has also been good for me to develop as a crime analyst. I was recently asked to contribute to a commercial law enforcement blog, The Crime Map, and have begun writing regular articles for them. The process of thinking about crime and crime analysis, researching and then writing articles about it forces you to expand your professional knowledge and skill set. Writing under a deadline will also really sharpen your focus!
It is my hope that 2010 is a great year both for my department, local law enforcement and The Crime Analyst’s Blog. I hope to continue to learn and improve the blog. What do you want to accomplish in 2010?