Crime Analyst Qualifications and Job Descriptions

Here are two announcements for crime analyst jobs we found recently. The first comes from the website and concerns a crime analyst position opening in West Allis, Wisconsin:

Crime Analyst I

Duties: A Crime Analyst prepares, analyzes, and disseminates information and recommendations relevant to actual and anticipated criminal activity for the purpose of increasing the effectiveness the effectiveness of patrol deployment, crime prevention, criminal investigations, and the apprehension of suspects. An employee in this classification must be adaptable to address changing trends in both technology and crime.

Typical duties include: assists in researching, analyzing, and collecting data from a variety of sources to identify and evaluate crime series, patterns, and trends; reviews police officers’ crime and arrest reports, field interviews, and pawn slips for content; provides statistical information to supervisory and management staff as necessary; performs tactical analysis, strategic crime analysis, and administrative analysis dependent on situational demands; conducts and evaluates searches of databases and other information systems to assist in locating suspects and victims and to identify stolen property; provides timely and valuable investigative assistance to sworn law enforcement personnel for the purpose of identifying victims and offenders; assists sworn law enforcement personnel in developing target profiles; uses profiles to track criminals; utilizes a variety of databases and computer programs to generate maps, hotspots, reports, and statistical and tactical information; assists in reviewing and responding to requests for information related to crime analysis from other divisions, departments, outside agencies, and the public; attends community meetings, department in-service/training programs, and patrol briefings to discuss crime patterns and review current events; reviews crime data to ensure proper reporting to state, regional, and federal agencies; communicates with other jurisdictions regarding mutual crime problems; notifies detectives of possible multi-jurisdictional links between crimes and criminals; assists in preparing and developing crime summaries, statistical reports, spreadsheets, charts, maps, diagrams, graphs, and related materials in order to track and present findings related to criminal activity, patterns, and trends; prepares predictions based upon previous reported activity and an analysis of typical behavior patterns; communicates/coordinates with the City of West Allis (COWA) GIS Coordinator regarding the tracking and mapping of information on COWA Internet and Intranet; maintains records and develops reports concerning crime analysis; maintains records for in-house statistics; maintains and files crime analysis and management reports; prepares statistical reports as required; provides staff assistance to Shift Commanders, Crime Prevention Commander and COWA Neighborhood Services staff; attends meetings to maintain awareness of new developments in the field of crime analysis and to share information with others; prepares and assists in the administration of grants and accreditation process, including the preparation of quarterly and annual reports, and other special administrative projects; maintains prompt, predictable, and regular physical attendance; provides truthful and accurate written and verbal communications; maintains the ability to competently and credibly testify in court; performs other related duties as required.

Desirable knowledge, skills, and abilities: Knowledge of the principles and practices of management, research methodology, organizational planning, and statistical analysis; law enforcement and criminal justice systems; laws applicable to record keeping and dissemination of restricted information; microcomputer systems, applications, and software; and training techniques. Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; apply principles, practices, methods, and techniques of public administration, management analysis, and statistics to the gathering, organization, and analysis of data; prepare technical reports with a high degree of skill and clarity; use mainframe and PC based computer systems, including creating, maintaining, and accessing database files; prepare statistical charts, graphs, and exhibits; and establish and maintain effective work relationships with supervisors, other employees, the public, and other government officials; maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting for extended periods of time and operating assigned office equipment; maintain effective audiovisual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, and operating assigned office equipment; maintain mental capacity which allows for effective interaction and communication with others.

Minimum requirements: Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, Crime Analysis or related field or at least 60 college credits from an accredited college or university and/or attendance at an approved crime analyst certification program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities; or three to five years of recent responsible paid work experience in criminal justice crime analysis, research, or a combination thereof.

Competent in the use of office computers and applicable software, including but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite, GIS, SQL, report management systems, graphing programs, and statistical programs.

Pass a police background check due to access to confidential Police Department information.

Possess the physical capacity to perform the duties of the position including, but not limited to, continuous sitting, walking, and standing; occasional lifting/carrying up to 20 lbs.; continuous stretching/reaching of arms; continuous arching of neck; the ability to occasionally bend, kneel, twist, stoop, squat, pull, push, etc.; and the ability to continuously focus for long periods of time on projects or while working on computers.

Salary: The 2015 West Allis resident hourly rate range is $20.86 to $23.47. The non-West Allis resident hourly rate range is $20.43 to $23.00.

Benefits: Benefits include vacation accrual upon date of hire based on the vacation schedule; a sickness disability benefit plan; twelve (12) paid holidays; a comprehensive health insurance plan (which is contributory) covering the employee and his/her family, with eligibility the first of the month following thirty (30) days of service; fully paid dental insurance covering the employee and his/her family, with eligibility the first of the month following six (6) months of service; a dual pension system comprised of the Wisconsin Retirement Fund[1] and federal Social Security (both of which are contributory); after six (6) months of service, a fully paid life insurance program[1] with coverage in the amount of the employee’s annual salary adjusted to the next highest one thousand dollars, with the option for additional coverage; an educational reimbursement plan for the pursuit of job related courses; and voluntary benefit programs consisting of Section 125: Flexible Benefits for Dependent Care and Medical Reimbursement, Section 457: Deferred Compensation, TreasuryDirect Payroll Savings Plan for Savings Bonds, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Employee Wellness Program.

Here is one from the San Jose, California, Police Department: Job title: Program Manager—Crime Analysis (Full Time)

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About the department: The City of San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation’s best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business. Moreover, San Jose is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San Jose have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. The San Jose Police Department is seeking an individual whose values align with the values of the City’s employees. The mission of the San Jose Police Department is to create safe places to live, work and learn through community partnerships.

Position and duties: The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) is recruiting to fill a Crime Analysis Program Manager in the Research and Development Unit (R&D). R&D is in the Office of the Chief of Police and is responsible for research and preparation of complex reports and specialized projects involving inter-Departmental issues and intergovernmental topics. The Crime Analysis team analyzes crime data, produces crime-related reports, and ensures accurate and timely reporting of crime data to the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, other City departments and police management.

Under the direction of a Lieutenant, the Crime Analysis Program Manager is responsible for managing all functions of the Crime Analysis Unit by performing work of considerable difficulty in planning, coordinating, and directing the utilization of complex computerized systems for crime analysis functions; insures the accuracy and integrity of the various databases; provides management support and specialized expertise to users of crime data, systems analysts, and operations personnel.

  • [1] The Wisconsin Retirement Fund and Life Insurance program benefits are providedaccording to plan guidelines of the State of Wisconsin Department of EmployeeTrust Funds.
  • [2] The Wisconsin Retirement Fund and Life Insurance program benefits are providedaccording to plan guidelines of the State of Wisconsin Department of EmployeeTrust Funds.
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