About Crime Analysis

Overview

The Crime Analysis division:

  • Is a set of systematic, analytic processes
  • Is directed at providing timely and pertinent information relative to crime patterns and trend correlations
  • Assists the operational and administrative personnel in planning the deployment of resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal activities
  • Aids the investigative process
  • Increases apprehensions and clearance of cases

Call the Research and Development Unit at 651-266-5501 with questions.

Open Portal

All information about Crime Maps (related to Districts, Grids and your local neighborhood) is now available on the City of St. Paul's Open Information Portal.  You may use this link: https://information.stpaul.gov. Information on the portal is maintained by the City of St. Paul Office of Technology and Communications. Please contact them (651.266.6767) with questions about using the Open Portal information.  For more information about this change, please visit: https://information.stpaul.gov/City-Administration/Establishing-an-Open-Information-Program-Resolutio/v7qy-vtzb.

Types of Criminal Analysis

  • Operational - Analysis is directed to short-term law enforcement with an immediate impact in mind
  • Strategic - Analysis deals with more long-term issues and goals

Causes and Origins of Crime

Some factors known to affect crime rates include:

  • Administrative and investigative emphasis of law enforcement
  • Citizen's attitudes toward crime
  • Climate
  • Crime reporting practices of citizens
  • Cultural factors and education, recreational, and religious characteristics
  • Drug use
  • Economic conditions, including median income, poverty level, and job availability
  • Effective strength of law enforcement agencies
  • Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness
  • Gang activity
  • Modes of transportation and highway system
  • Policies of other components of the criminal justice system
  • Population density and degree of urbanization
  • Stability of population with respect to residents' mobility, commuting patterns, and transient factors