Wheat Ridge Police Department Crime Analyst Beth Daniel received the prestigious Crucial Support in Law Enforcement Award from the Colorado Attorney General at the Ralph L. Carr Justice Center in early December, in recognition of her skills in furthering major investigations, according to a release from the City of Wheat Ridge.
The Colorado Attorney General gives out four Excellence in Law Enforcement awards, one of which is for Crucial Support in Law Enforcement, given to a non-sworn agency member who exhibits excellence in supporting the law enforcement mission.
Daniel gathers and analyzes the needed data for WRPD to make resource deployment decisions as well track pattern crimes. Her additional functions are to supply analyst support to detectives investigating major crimes. Her work in the past year have resulted in identifying potential suspects in cases involving carwash burglaries, parental kidnapping and aggravated robberies.
Daniel also takes a leadership role in the crime analyst community as an expert on leveraging databases available to law enforcement and in training WRPD personnel as well as those from other agencies. According to the city, she took the lead among the six agencies comprising the Records Management System Consortium and was instrumental in the creation of a custom search tool used for the records management system provider, Niche, to make their system more usable to analysts. Using the Lumen facial recognition tool, Daniel was one of the first trained on how to use it and developed several leads for WRPD as well as surrounding agencies.