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Crime Analysts Gain New Tools to Solve Crime

September 09, 2003 00:00

  

Mayor Vera Katz and Chief Derrick Foxworth will announce a new and creative solution to police problem-solving training: Web-based crime analysis classes, at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2003, in City Hall council chambers. An intergovernmental agreement involving the City of Portland, the Portland Police Bureau, the City of Milwaukie, Milwaukie Police Department and Clackamas Community College will be signed initiating a fresh approach to instructing police crime analysts in developing problem solving skills.

Mayor Katz said that crime analysis has been acknowledged nationally as an invaluable tool to solving neighborhood crime issues. "The Bureau has recognized crime analysis as one more tool we can add to our community problem solving efforts," said Mayor Katz.

Chief Foxworth commented the solution to this problem was to create a regional training agreement. "This offers flexible on-demand instruction to our personnel, in an affordable way and supports our community policing activities," said Chief Foxworth.

The City of Milwaukie's Police Department joined in the effort to create local training. Milwaukie's Police Chief Larry Kanzler is an enthusiastic supporter of the idea, commenting, "An agency our size could not develop such instruction alone, economically. However, we can bring another law enforcement agency perspective to the classes, and that is invaluable."

What makes this program innovative is the educational partner's contribution. Dr. Dian Connett, Dean of Instructional/Student Services at Clackamas Community College said, "The traditional educational model for police is to take the police to the instruction. What we are doing is taking the instruction to the police."

By using this tool, police analysts will master skills at crime mapping, identifying crime trends and patterns, and identifying suspects.

Using the Internet, college-level classes have been developed allowing students, police crime analysts, to access the classes from a computer at their offices. "The classes are designed to work around a police analyst's schedule," said Criminal Justice Department chair, Richard Ashbaugh. "We hope this program can continue to be developed, and eventually be added to our regular Criminal Justice curriculum," added Ashbaugh.

Representatives of all three local governments will sign an intergovernmental agreement after the Portland City Council passes the ordinance Wednesday morning. "The City of Milwaukie is pleased to join with Portland to find innovative training solutions for law enforcement," said Milwaukie's mayor, Jim Bernard. Mayor Katz echoed Mayor Bernard's comments, adding, "We are proud to announce this program, a first for this city, and within law enforcement."

For additional information about the Web-based crime analysis classes, contact Officer Kurt Nelson at (503) 823-0188 or Crime Analyst Supervisor Mark Baird at (503) 823-0265.

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