Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crime Analysis Is Not A Solo Sport

The Fort Worth Star Telegram had a piece yesterday that brings up an important topic. From the story:

A man who police suspect exposed himself to girls walking home from school on at least three occasions was in the Parker County jail on Tuesday. 
Matthew Nance, 23, of Lipan faces a charge of indecency with a child – exposure. Bond was set at $15,000, according to the Parker County jail log. 
Police said a vehicle matching a description from earlier incidents was located with the help of the crime analyst email group.

Many times we get a bit "tunnel visioned" when we don't consider that the offenders we deal with don't often respect jurisdictional boundaries. The problem offenders we deal with are likely also to be problems in neighboring jurisdictions.

Here at my agency, I keep an email distribution list of contacts at surrounding agencies so I can easily distribute our bulletins to them. Consequently, if I get a BOLO from them, I'll make sure that it gets put out to all our officers.

Have you reached out to surrounding agencies and made arrangements to distribute each other's crime bulletins? If not, why not?

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