National Crime and Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day on September 20 is a day that honors the work of crime and intelligence analysts in the U.S. — and it could not come at a better time. Here’s why: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently over three million federal, state, and local law enforcement officers working across the country. With so many people dedicated to protecting the country, it can be easy for analysts to feel overlooked. However, without the hard work of these analysts, police officers wouldn’t be able to do their jobs as effectively — and this is especially true today.
History of National Crime and Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day
Crime analysts collect and analyze data from various sources and locations. It could include anything from police records to government statistics or even social media networks — whatever it takes to gain insight into criminal activity so those police departments can better understand what’s going on in their communities. The information they uncover is used to help inform police officers about how they can most effectively fight crime, as well as inform citizens on how they can protect themselves against it. Identifying trends in criminal behavior helps law enforcement predict when and where crimes might occur, which allows them to allocate resources where they are needed.
National Crime & Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day was first recognized in 2021 by the Florida Crime & Intelligence Analyst Association (F.C.I.A.A.). It was formed in 1995 as a non-profit organization to foster the professional development of Intelligence Analysts and investigators. With over 200 members across the state, it has become a pillar in intelligence analysis, providing education, training opportunities, and networking events for analysts at every level.
The F.C.I.A.A. began designing certification courses for law enforcement analysts in late 2019. These courses were designed to provide their members with the necessary training that will enhance their analytical skills and make them more competitive in their respective careers. The goal was to create an organization that would bring together police intelligence analysts, crime analysts, and other criminal justice professionals to network and share resources as well as provide continuing education.
National Crime and Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day timeline
They are placed under the supervision of August Vollmer who was the first police chief of Berkeley, California.
The association is formed to foster the professional development of Intelligence Analysts and investigators.
These courses provide training to enhance analytical skills.
This day nationally becomes National Crime & Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day.
National Crime and Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day FAQs
Is being an intelligence analyst stressful?
Most intelligence analysts feel that the stress levels in their jobs are low, which likely contributes to overall job satisfaction.
How many intelligence analysts are there?
There are currently 110,900 U.S. citizens working as intelligence analysts.
How many hours do intelligence analysts work?
Analysts typically work nine-to-five, but they may have to stay late occasionally for a meeting or an event.
How to Observe National Crime and Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day
Send them a card
If you have a friend, relative, or acquaintance who works as a crime and intelligence analyst, let them know you acknowledge and appreciate their hard work on National Crime and Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day. Send them a card or letter thanking them for their service.
Stop by their office with some donuts or lunch. Bring them a small gift like a coffee mug or even a piece of chocolate. Let them know how much you appreciate their work and ask how you can help them do it better.
Volunteer at your local law enforcement agency
You can also volunteer at your local law enforcement agency on this day. Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways to give back, and it requires nothing more than your time and your energy.
5 Facts About Crime In The U.S.
Violent crime rate has fallen
According to the FBI, crime rates have fallen by about 50% between 1993 and 2015.
Property crime has been decreasing
U.S. property crime peak level declined from two decades ago dropping 54% from 1993—2018.
Crime rates vary widely by geography
Some states in the U.S. enjoy a very low rate of both violent and property crime.
Many home burglaries happen during daytime
About 30% of burglaries happen between 10:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon with someone at home.
It’s a challenge keeping statistics
In many U.S. states, crime that is committed goes unreported to police while that which is reported often remains unsolved.
Why National Crime and Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day is Important
When was the last time you thanked a Crime and Intelligence Analyst? If you are like most people, the answer is probably, “never.” That’s why today is dedicated to appreciating those who put their skills to work for us every day.
Make them feel that they matter
It will make them realize that their work is meaningful. That way the quality of their work will increase and ultimately have a positive impact on society.
Promote their job
With this celebration, their work is better known by the public, and it makes them interested in working as a crime and intelligence analysts. That way, the number of workers in these positions can increase in number.
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