Data Cop: Using Technology and Data to Influence Policing Decisions - View the video

Michael Walnoha

Michael Walnoha
Crime Analyst
Dane County Sheriff’s Office

115 W Doty Street
Madison, WI 53703


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  • Government and Public Administration
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  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Michael Walnoha joined the Dane County Sheriff’s Office in March, 2012 and is the first crime analyst in the 176 year history of the agency. Prior to working with the Sheriff’s Office, Michael was a Crime Analyst for the Topeka Police Department (Kansas) from June, 2008- March, 2012. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from West Virginia University.

In the current climate of decreasing budgets and understaffed departments, police agencies are turning to crime analysts to influence policing decisions and direct resources in a more efficient manner. Crime analysts perform a variety of tasks including identifying patterns and trends in crime incidents, creating crime maps and charts, analyzing hot spot maps for accidents, and interpreting cell phone records for criminal cases. Mike Walnoha reviews what’s involved in becoming a crime analyst working alongside law enforcement to improve our communities. (Running Time 25:39)