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As the job of the crime analyst becomes increasingly well known and as analysts' work continues to contribute to positive results for law enforcement agencies, the need for these professionals should grow. One factor that has added to the need for crime analysts is the emergence of community-oriented policing. The point of this type of policing is to get police officers out on the streets of their communities rather than doing paperwork at a desk. To do this, many agencies are hiring civilians for desk jobs, which allows more police officers to be a presence in their community. Crime analysis makes good use of the information that police officers collect on the streets. Good crime analysis helps to deploy officers in the right places at the right times.
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