Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Real Time Crime Center
Criminal Intelligence Analyst (CIA) Patterson works within a specialized unit called the Real Time Crime Center for the Houston Police Department. The Real Time Crime Center is a centralized technology center in which its primary purpose is to expediently capture and provide field officers/investigators with instant and comprehensive information to help identify suspects, crime patterns and prevent emerging crime.
While attentively monitoring the real-time center dashboards, CIA Patterson observed a priority two in-progress call regarding a burglary of a residence. While analyzing the available data, she was able to compile descriptors of a possible suspect. Additionally, the call slip indicated that the suspect had broken into the complainant’s residence through an air conditioning vent shaft and brandished a large knife. Allegedly, the complainant screamed in fear, and was able to escape from harm by running out the front door. The suspect immediately busted through a side window and fled the residence on foot without further incident.
Analyst Patterson performed a premise history check of the location, seeking information for known past burglar information and possible suspect identifiers to provide to the responding patrol units.
While in the process of researching the burglary incident, CIA Patterson also observed a suicide call drop at the same location, which happened to be located just above the location of the earlier burglary call. While compiling the burglary information, CIA Patterson observed that the suspect information from the suicide call had very distinct similarities to the suspect’s description given in the earlier burglary call.
CIA Patterson proceeded to run the two suspect identifiers through the multiple databases and she was able to relate the similarities of the suicide suspect as being the same suspect that burglarized the residence from earlier.
CIA Patterson immediately sent the suspect information over to the responding patrol units and within moments of the suicide call the suspect was apprehended within the immediate area of the burglary location. Due to CIA Patterson’s analytical skills and tenacity, the armed suspect was identified and arrested before he could commit any other heinous crime or possibly harm an innocent citizen in the City of Houston.
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