Alexander Lynch has over six years of experience as an analyst in law enforcement and is currently a Crime Analyst, Level III with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He is assigned to a joint task force between the NYPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) known as the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC), where he has played a crucial role in the design and development of a firearm trafficking identification platform dubbed “GunTrack”. This geospatial intelligence dashboard has vastly improved the team’s ability to identify trafficked firearms by enabling investigators to quickly pinpoint straw purchasers and their activity.
Prior to the CGIC, Alex began his career at the NYPD in 2017 at the 79 Precinct located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He created exemplary work products that were adopted by the command’s Crime Analysis Unit to better identify and track crime patterns and suspects, leading to a promotional transfer to the main office for the Chief of Crime Control Strategies only a year later. At headquarters, Alex cofounded the Crime Analysis Support Team (CAST), which oversees 85 Crime Analysis Units citywide, and frequently implemented new analytical tools that allow crime trends to be analyzed more efficiently.
In 2019, Alex was tapped to assist with the development of a former Police Commissioner’s youth initiative, researching the data and creating a comprehensive strategic plan to reduce juvenile crime citywide. During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he then served as a member of a multiagency task force designed to manage the distribution of personal protective equipment “PPE” and medical equipment to the hospitals and health care facilities that needed it most. In 2021, when the Department joined forces with the ATF to bolster intelligence-driven strategies to combat firearm trafficking, Alex was selected as the first civilian analyst to join the CGIC.
Prior to joining the NYPD, as part of a final student project while studying at Syracuse University, Alex devised the University Neighborhood Camera Initiative (UNCI), a crime reduction plan that called for installing highly visible police cameras around the off-campus neighborhood that houses 10,000+ students – effectively creating a neighborhood-wide security system. The plan led to his first job with the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety, embedded within the Investigations Unit as the department’s first ever crime analyst, ultimately winning an award for his investigative support. After successfully raising over $120,000 to fully fund and institute the UNCI, Alex moved to NYC to join the NYPD’s new crime analysis program.
Throughout all of his numerous roles with Syracuse University and the NYPD, Alex has demonstrated a commitment and passion for public service. GunTrack is the latest testament to Alex’s dedication to developing groundbreaking and innovative solutions into law enforcement.