Violence Analysis Assessment

The goal of the Violence Analysis Assessment is to understand the scope and nature of violence in the participating city to inform recommendations for the police department to design a comprehensive response to violence, including prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies.

Subject experts will conduct a site visit to engage in the following activities as part of the violence analysis assessment:

  • Assess calls for service and crime statistics related to homicides, robberies, and shootings to identify violent crime patterns and to identify and map hot spots
  • Conduct social network analysis to identify the most central people and groups within the identified networks based on degree, closeness, and betweenness
  • Map of geographic locations related to the most violent networks and the most central people within those networks
  • Conduct meetings with local personnel and observe internal briefings
  • Tour police department facilities
  • Review crime data, policies, procedures, and other documents related to homicides, robberies, and shootings

The subject experts will deliver an assessment report approximately two months after the site visit.

Local Personnel to Participate in Assessment:

  • Crime analysis unit
  • Gang unit
  • Detectives and investigators of homicides, robberies, and shootings

Length of Training: Two days

Subject Experts: Julie Wartell, Dr. Andrew Fox, and Jessica Herbert

Ms. Julie Wartell is an independent advisor on public safety issues relating to crime analysis, problem-solving, and justice systems.  Ms. Wartell has held a variety of positions that include: crime analyst coordinator for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, project director of the East Valley COMPASS Initiative (a regional analysis effort), crime analyst for the San Diego Police Department, researcher for the Institute for Law and Justice and the Police Executive Research Forum, and fellow at the National Institute of Justice Crime Mapping Research Center.  Ms. Wartell has performed a wide range of research on and analysis of various crime problems and police-related issues, worked on strategic planning efforts, and coordinated the development of a series of crime-mapping training modules.  She has done extensive training and presentations to officers and analysts throughout the country on topics relating to crime analysis and problem-oriented policing, has edited or authored numerous publications, and currently teaches GIS in Urban Studies at University of California – San Diego.  She has a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in criminal justice administration.

Ms. Jessica Herbert is an experienced criminal justice professional with over 17 years of experience in law enforcement, academia and private industry. As a law enforcement officer, she developed, established and implemented intelligence-led operations for multiple agency task forces addressing violent crimes and criminal organizations in Northern Virginia. Throughout her tenure as an officer, and continuing from private industry, Ms. Herbert has continued to educate criminal justice professionals through her company, IDEA Analytics, offering both in-person and online training sessions on topics of analytical operations, intelligence-led processes, critical thinking and investigative techniques. She has been a key leader in developing innovative approaches and building effective teams for intelligence and cyber operations across law enforcement and energy, financial and manufacturing corporations.

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