St. Paul police's first-ever intelligence analysts key to fighting crime
St. Paul police Senior Cmdr. Matt Toupal is crafting a summer plan for the eastern district in anticipation of the inevitable climb in crime that accompanies warmer weather.
This year, he has an extra tool to help make the most of his 90 officers — the department's first-ever intelligence analysts, former military intelligence officers now tasked with looking at when, where and why crimes occur.
More important, they're using statistics and human nature to forecast when and where criminals are likely to strike next.