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Crime analyst on the way
Specialized work will help officers get one step
ahead of some criminals, say police
Walter Cordery, Daily News
Published: Saturday, September 06, 2008
The Nanaimo RCMP detachment looks forward to meeting its newest weapon in the fight against crime.
The detachment has recently started advertising for a full-time crime analyst, someone who should be "a huge help," said media spokesman Const. Gary O'Brien
The analyst will examine "just about anything coming in" and look for trends, people whose names pop up but may not be related to a specific incident.
O'Brien and Cpl. Dave Boyce, of the community policing department, said the hiring is part of the future of policing.
"Since the beginning of policing, the criminals have always been one step ahead of the police, O'Brien said.
Having someone analyze specific crimes, looking for trends or other similarities, he said, will give the Nanaimo detachment's 120 regular RCMP officers a way to "hopefully get ahead or at least even with the criminals."
The crime analyst "may recommend we change some of our focus or shifts," Boyce said.
While the crime analyst will be new for Nanaimo's RCMP force, some things remain constant. Alcohol abuse and crimes involving alcohol remain the detachment's major concern, said O'Brien.
"Far and away, alcohol is the number one drug of choice our members must constantly deal with," he said. "If you eliminated alcohol and promoted anger management, we would be out of a job. All these other new and designer drugs pale in comparison when you look at the problems alcohol causes."
© The Daily News (Nanaimo) 2008