Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Criminal Justice

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, 179 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Robert E. Worden

Committee Members

David Bayley, Julie Schnobrich-Davis, Alissa Worden


crime analysis, criminal justice, information sharing, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, policing, Police, Intelligence service, Crime analysis, Law enforcement, Communication in law enforcement, Interagency coordination

Subject Categories



Extant research, concerning police use of intelligence analysis, hypothesizes that police culture and information-sharing partnerships may affect outputs of intelligence analysis. Previous efforts have provided overviews of criminal intelligence analysis, without examining organizational and structural factors which might affect the genesis and use of intelligence and crime analysis. Examining the role and impact of both analysis and information sharing in law enforcement has been largely absent, and based on current research, it is difficult to determine what accounts for law enforcement variation in the knowledge, use, and demand for crime and intelligence analysis. Ashton Police Department’s (APD) Information Coordination Unit (ICU) is responsible for case support, analysis, crime pattern identification, and development of intelligence leads for the department. This case study used a mixed-method approach to triangulate APD’s use and understanding of crime and intelligence analysis. Using semi-structured interviews with key personnel, key components, themes, and beliefs relating to the shared vision and practices of crime and intelligence analysis are identified. In addition to management-level and ICU interviews, review and analysis of intelligence products assisted with understanding APD’s use and implementation of crime and intelligence analysis. Secondary analysis of crime analysis documents offered an independent measure to evaluate the quality and type of intelligence and crime analysis produced by the department. A department-wide survey of stakeholders provided insight into the criminal intelligence unit’s effectiveness as well as formal and informal information-sharing mechanisms. In sum, this research affords a comprehensive look at the production, sharing, quality, and use of crime and intelligence analysis in a large urban police department.

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Criminology Commons