Belinda Gillett, a self-described "numbers geek," found her niche in IUPD as a crime analyst at IUPD-IUPUI. Sometimes she can't work fast enough -- her analyses are in such high demand. And since IUPUI does not exist in a bubble, she analyzes crime stats from areas surrounding
"I love analyzing things. It's as close to being a detective as I could get," Gillett said. "I don't have the credentials to be a detective, but I do have an inquiring mind. When I see patterns, I can take it to the detectives."
If campus and IUPD leadership want to know where and when vehicle accidents occur, Gillett can tell them.
"I feel like I'm contributing something," she said.
IUPD-IUPUI Chief Doug Johnson agrees, heartily. He said the information she helps them understand is driving decisions about how they employ police resources and select extra training for officers. For example, once they realized the amount of customer service officers perform (walking people to cars, traffic enforcement, investigations), they decided training involving interpersonal communications would be useful.
Gillett began working at IUPD-IUPUI in 2014 as an administrative specialist who processed police reports. Once the division realized she had useful analysis abilities, her work shifted to crime analysis. It "blossomed." She said she finds it very satisfying to know she helps the division find solutions to problems. She meets with officers monthly during
"Compstat, it's something that larger agencies do," Johnson said. "We're doing that here and having great success because of her work."