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For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

State-of-the-art Crime Analysis Center opens in Monroe County

ROCHESTER – Denise E. O’Donnell, commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), joined local law enforcement and elected officials today to announce the opening of a new center in Rochester that is revolutionizing the way law enforcement fights crime in Monroe County.

The Monroe Crime Analysis Center, located within the Rochester Public Safety Building, is one of only three statewide sponsored by DCJS. It provides law enforcement in Monroe County with a centrally located unit responsible for conducting in-depth analysis of all county crime data.

The center builds upon partnerships established under Operation IMPACT, the state’s premier crime-fighting program upstate and on Long Island, and expands the key philosophies of that initiative – accurate use of timely crime data and the use of technology to complement and enhance traditional crime-fighting strategies – to all law enforcement agencies in the county.

“Public safety remains a high priority, and even in these difficult fiscal times we will do everything we can to ensure that our communities are safe places to live, work and raise a family,” Commissioner O’Donnell said. “The Crime Analysis Center exemplifies the efficient, result-oriented approach we are taking to fight crime in every part of our state.”

“Daily sharing and analysis of crime data is key to the intelligence-driven policing model that Governor Paterson and I embrace,” she added. “The Monroe Crime Analysis Center is an enormous resource for all of our crime-fighting partners throughout Monroe County.”

Through the Crime Analysis Center, every law enforcement agency in Monroe County shares – for the first time – crime data on a daily basis. The center also integrates the work of crime analysts and field intelligence officers (FIOs) who specialize in debriefing individuals. By working in tandem, analysts and FIOs can identify emerging patterns and trends, as well as information gaps and needs that will drive the day-to-day activities of the FIOs, Commissioner O’Donnell explained.

“Communities, and the police agencies which serve them, are separated by artificial municipal lines,” New York State Police Superintendent Harry J. Corbitt said. “The reality of the age in which we live is that we are all part of one continuous, interrelated, panoramic community. Criminals and crime certainly do not recognize these artificial boundaries. By using this tool to centralize regional crime data and analysis, local police agencies will be able to see the big picture, both within and outside of their jurisdictional boundaries. By avoiding duplicated, and possibly fruitless, efforts, law enforcement resources can be more efficiently deployed to help make communities safer.”

Added Monroe County District Attorney Michael C. Green: “Every day prosecutors make hundreds of decisions on the 30,000 cases my office prosecutes every year. By providing timely access to critical information regarding the crimes and offenders we are prosecuting, the Monroe Crime Analysis Center will enhance our ability to do justice and protect the community. I would like to commend Governor Paterson and Commissioner O'Donnell for their leadership in making the center a reality.”

The center integrates crime data from the five key Crime Analysis Center partners – the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Probation Department, and the New York State Police – with data from the nine other police departments in the county: Brighton, Brockport, East Rochester, Fairport, Gates, Greece, Irondequoit, Ogden and Webster.

“The implementation of the Monroe County Crime Analysis Center has greatly enhanced what the Rochester Police Department began in 2007 with our daily crime briefings,” Rochester Police Chief David T. Moore said. “The ability to have information regarding crime trends and patterns within minutes allows us the ability to deploy personnel in a more productive and efficient manner.”

Added Monroe County Sheriff Patrick M. O’Flynn: “The Sheriff’s Office appreciates DCJS’s support in expanding our crime analysis capabilities to every area within the county. The collaboration of state and local criminal justice services along with private sector technology and talent has been very effective in addressing crime issues and this is essential to making a safer greater Rochester community.”

Timothy C. Hickey, a life-long Monroe County resident with more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, is the center’s director. He began his career with the Rochester Police Department and worked his way through the ranks before retiring in 2006 as interim chief of police. He also served as chief of the civil bureau of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for one year prior to being named the center’s director. In addition to the director, the Monroe Crime Analysis Center is staffed by 12 crime analysts and six field intelligence officers.

“With the Monroe Crime Analysis Center’s timely cross-referencing of Police information with Probation records, Probation officers are now immediately alerted to any contact between a probationer and a police officer,” explained Robert J. Burns, administrator of the Monroe County Office of Probation-Community Corrections. “Public safety is enhanced and judges’ orders more effectively enforced given this new resource.”

In the short time since the center has been operational, the work of its analysts and field intelligence officers has resulted in a variety of cases being closed with arrests, including: the arrest of a parolee in connection with a bank robbery in Rochester this past summer; the resolution of a dozen commercial and residential burglaries across Monroe County, including in Fairport, Pittsford and Macedon; and a key break in the case of an April 2008 home invasion in Elmira, Chemung County, 125 miles away.

In addition to connecting the crime “dots” in ways that have never been done before, the center conducts a wide range of analyses, including tactical, strategic, operational and administrative. Daily briefs will include a review of crime data for deployment decisions, and data will be used to identify crime hotspots and patterns, Commissioner O’Donnell said.

“This analysis will provide an up-to-date snapshot, as well as a panoramic view, of crime throughout Monroe County on a daily basis,” the commissioner added. “This increased level of intelligence will enable law enforcement to make informed decisions in tactical deployment and strategic planning, something that is crucial during difficult fiscal times.”

The Monroe Crime Analysis Center is one of three such facilities across the state sponsored by DCJS; the two others are located in Buffalo (Erie County) and Syracuse (Onondaga County), Commissioner O’Donnell said.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (www.criminaljustice.ny.gov) is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry and a toll-free telephone number (1-800-262-3257) that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.