Kate Curtis ‘09

Crime Analyst, Crime/Disorder Analysis Unit, Lawrence, MA Police Department

One of the first courses Kate took at Suffolk was Crime Mapping and Analysis. Though she had studied the legal system at the undergraduate level, the course was an eye-opener. “I realized this was exactly what I wanted to do,” she says. “I just didn’t know it could be a career.”

Kate learned how to scrutinize the frequency and geographic patterns of crime, and how to formulate plans to combat them. Eager to learn more, she volunteered as an intern at the Burlington Police Department—an opportunity facilitated by one of her Suffolk professors.

Impressed with her work, Kate’s supervisor asked her to present the department’s annual report at the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts conference. “The contacts I made there were incredible,” she says.

That networking came in handy as she applied for jobs. When Kate interviewed for her dream job with the Lawrence Police Department, her future boss remembered her presentation, and she was offered the position. She now identifies crime patterns and sprees, sharing crucial findings with the police officers who work to counteract the trends her statistics reveal.