Crime Analysis Unit
As part of the Special Operations Bureau, the Crime Analysis Unit’s main objective is to focus on the study of criminal incidents for the purpose of identifying emerging patterns and active crime series. This is often referred to as “tactical crime analysis”. The purpose of this analysis is to help the agency identify and apprehend offenders. The Crime Analysis Unit also generates forecasts about where and when an offender is likely to strike next.
The Crime Analysis Unit carefully reviews and analyzes all information, including crime reports, calls for service, arrest reports and other pertinent information. The unit also provides crime mapping, data querying and statistical reporting capabilities to all officers and investigators within the Odessa Police Department.
Criminal Intelligence Unit
The Criminal Intelligence Unit’s main function is to collect, analyze, maintain and disseminate information on activities and operations of individuals, associates or groups suspected of, or involved in, criminal activity.
The Intelligence Unit analyzes information and prepares bulletins and reports on criminal activity, especially officer safety matters for department-wide dissemination. The unit is responsible for organizing and analyzing data from internal and external sources and maintaining databases on criminal activity, parolees, and any other sources.