The LaGrange Police Department employs a full time certified crime and intelligence analyst. Crime analysis is a law enforcement function that involves systematic analysis for identifying and analyzing patterns and trends in crime and disorder. Information on patterns can help law enforcement agencies deploy resources in a more effective manner, and assist officers in identifying and apprehending suspects. Crime analysis also plays a role in devising solutions to crime problems, and formulating crime prevention strategies. The analyst studies crime reports, arrest reports, field interviews, and police calls for service to identify emerging patterns, series, and trends as quickly as possible. The analyst looks for all relevant factors in these reports and issues bulletins, reports, and alerts to department personnel. He also works to predict or forecast future occurrences based on recognized patterns. The analyst prepares statistics, data queries, or maps on demand to assist others in their crime intervention efforts; prepares information for community or court presentations; and provides data and information for the department’s command staff. The analyst also maintains social media web pages and publicizes department and community activities to keep the public informed and to provide transparency. In this sense, the analyst serves as a combination of an information systems specialist, a statistician, a researcher, a criminologist, a journalist, and a planner for the department.