The Crime Analysis Unit (CAU) works closely with all Divisions of the Police Department. In the Investigations Division, the CAU works to provide the Investigators with timely and accurate information to help them establish crime trends and patterns and develop plans for the apprehension of offenders.
Additionally, the CAU is involved in the identification of patterns of criminal activity which allows the Patrol Division to use focused enforcement in areas that have higher crime rates, which reduces the opportunity for continued criminal activity. Today, offices have more access to information than ever before, which has a positive impact on our community. Distilling this information into a usable format is one of the goals of the CAU.
Neighborhood Watch partners with the CAU to provide Watch groups with detailed information about their neighborhoods so that that the members are well informed regarding issues that are important to them. In 2008 the Department signed on with Crimereports.com
which is a company that the Department sends call for service information to on a daily basis. Almost all of the police agencies in Santa Clara County participate, which is an important service to the community. Anyone may access the information on the site, and people who live near the border of their city can access information for surrounding jurisdictions. This information can also be filtered through a number of categories (such as date, types of crime, how often you want the data, etc.).