Contact Information

Brandon Police Service

1020 Victoria Avenue
Brandon, MB

Emergencies 911

Non-Emergencies 204-729-2345

Crime Section

Crime Analyst

While most people would probably imagine that a Crime Analyst spends a lot of time crunching numbers and crime statistics, a Crime Analyst actually provides assistance to our Police Officers in a variety of ways.

Every morning, the Crime Analyst reviews the daily occurrence reports to identify crime patterns, hotspots or trends. A successful criminal will often strike more than once, so the Analyst keeps an eye out for a number of indicators that can help police to identify where and when crimes are taking place, how the crimes are committed, and who might be involved. This information is passed on to our Front-Line Officers to increase the chances that they are in the right spot at the right time, when the offender strikes again.

The Crime Analyst also assists our Police Investigators develop and link together pieces of intelligence and other information relevant to their investigations. For instance, the Analyst may provide Investigators with a detailed timeline of events leading up to/following a criminal occurrence, or a link chart showing the relationships between individuals of interest to police.

Finally, the Analyst also assists Police Senior Management in researching and analyzing long-term problems, such as chronic hotspots. Chronic hotspots usually have some features that makes them attractive to criminals. Identifying these features can help Senior Management better evaluate different strategies in an effort to come up with a long-term solution. Once a strategy is put in place, the Analyst can help assess its effectiveness by monitoring criminal activity over time.

 


 

Computer Forensic Analyst

Analyst

Brandon Police Service has a specially trained forensic computer analyst to deal specifically with all types of computer and digital data related offences. The analyst has specialized training, forensic software, and specialized computer hardware to effectively extract digital evidence. This assists in investigations by providing comprehensive forensic examinations on any type of digital media and providing reports on the evidence collected. All types of investigations are aided by the computer analyst, including homicides, harassment, child pornography/luring offences, internet related offences, drug offences, fraud, and any other crime where a digital medium is involved.

The computer analyst also assists members by:

  • Conducting investigations into Internet-related crimes
  • Aiding in the preparation of search warrants, production orders and other advice regarding computer systems and information
  • Attending the scene of search warrants to ensure proper seizure of electronic evidence
  • Conducting a forensic analysis of items seized
  • Any follow-up assistance as required including the presentation of the evidence in court

 


 

LiveScan - Electronic Fingerprinting

fingerprintsBrandon Police Service started using Livescan in May of 2007. It is a method of electronically taking fingerprints and palm prints as an alternative to the ink method used previously.

Livescan is used for the majority of criminal fingerprints that are obtained by the Brandon Police Service. The criminal fingerprints can be sent “live” (electronically) to Ottawa immediately after fingerprinting is done. This also allows for a much faster response time for suspect fingerprint matches than in the past, especially in the case of unknown identity or matching for "coldcase" files.

The method for obtaining the fingerprints is the same as it was with ink, however the print is instead scanned into a computer as opposed to rolled in ink and placed on paper. BPS is also set up to print and send non-criminal prints (i.e. immigration, employment, pardon, etc.) to Ottawa.

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