Garner Police Department Crime Analyst Lauren Norman was recognized by her peers on Sept. 11 when she was awarded a second‐place prize for a threat assessment bulletin at the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) annual training conference in Henderson, Nev.
Norman’s report received the second-place award in the intelligence products category. It was one of 52 products submitted for judging in the annual contest, which recognizes tactical, strategic, mapping, intelligence and statistical products.
It was the first time Norman entered the contest or even attended the association’s annual training conference.
“I am pleased but not surprised by this recognition for Lauren,” Garner Police Chief Brandon Zuidema said. “She has hit the ground running as our DDACTS [data-driven approaches to crime and traffic safety] analyst and has quickly proven to be a valuable asset and resource to our officers and to the community.”
Norman joined the Garner Police Department in March. She also works partly for the police departments in Holly Springs and Knightdale.
According to IACA president Christopher W. Bruce, Norman’s bulletin “highlights her ability to organize and present complex information in a way that makes it easy for her audience to understand and apply.”
Bruce also praised the quality of the analysis in the product, which synthesized information and intelligence from several sources.
“If this bulletin is representative of Lauren’s work,” Bruce said, “she is doing a terrific job informing the officers at her agency and making her community safer.”