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Crime Analyst

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DEFINITION: Under general supervision, gathers, categorizes, and analyzes narrative and statistical data pertaining to past and current criminal activity; prepares and disseminates reports and recommendations pertaining to existing and anticipated criminal activity to sworn personnel in order to increase the effectiveness of patrol deployment, crime prevention, and the apprehension of suspects; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents perform professional-level crime analysis requiring significant education and experience using statistics and probability, and knowledge of law enforcement operations. The Crime Analyst is distinguished from the Crime Data Technician by the Analyst's responsibility for projects of greater complexity and requiring greater analytical ability and independent judgment, and for making recommendations with greater consequence of error. The Crime Analyst is further distinguished from the Crime Data Technician by the Analyst's emphasis on long range and far reaching strategic and operational crime analysis and the use of analytical skills, as opposed to the latter's emphasis on data collection, the use of specialized law enforcement databases and software, and tactical crime analysis involving current crime series in the immediate vicinity.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Conducts research and strategic crime analysis to identify crime patterns and trends; analyzes long term crime patterns and trends using probability studies and complex statistical analyses such as random samplings, correlation, and regression analysis; develops and tests hypotheses; develops victim and suspect profiles (e.g. physical or vehicle description profiles); forecasts future criminal activity.
2. Prepares strategic action plans; assists operations and management personnel in planning the deployment of resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal activity.
3. Makes written and oral presentations, often using charts and graphs, to inform deputies, detectives, investigators, and commanders of emerging or existing crime series, patterns, and trends, as well as suspect and victim profiles.
4. Conducts tactical crime analyses, identifying current crime series and hot spots; prepares tactical action plans.
5. Gathers data on criminal activity from other law enforcement agencies in order to study and analyze past and existing crime series, patterns, and trends; uses and maintains general and specialized computer applications in order to gather, categorize, and analyze crime data, as well as to assist in the dissemination of information pertinent to law enforcement.
6. Attends regional meetings of crime analysis professionals in order to share information on crime patterns, new methodologies, and developing tools.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in mathematics, plus two years of investigative or analytical experience in a law enforcement agency; or,
2. possession of a bachelor's degree in a behavioral science including 6 semester or 9 quarter units in statistics and/or quantitative research methodologies, plus two years of investigative or analytical experience in a law enforcement agency; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a California Department of Justice Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License and independent travel is required.

Knowledge of: principles, methods, and techniques of statistical analysis including multivariate, frequency, functional, cluster, correlation, and regression analysis; probability models; basic knowledge of human behavior and group dynamics; crime analysis methodologies including cartographic analysis, crime mapping, operations analysis, linking, profiling; law enforcement operations, procedures, and regulations; techniques and principles of report writing and presentation; standard English grammar and usage; GIS and RMS systems.

Ability to: apply principles of logic to define problems, develop and test hypotheses, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; gather, organize, and analyze narrative and statistical data; analyze problems, consider options, formulate strategies, and make practical recommendations; use general and specialized computer applications; prepare strategic and tactical action forecasts, develop association matrices, develop victim and suspect profiles; identify and distinguish crime patterns, trends, and series; exercise objectivity; communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively orally and in writing; prepare graphs, tables, and statistical charts; establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues, departmental staff, and representatives of other organizations and agencies; maintain confidentiality of information; train and provide technical assistance to others; work independently with minimal supervision.

Desirable: knowledge of TRAK, Megan's Law database, RAID, ArcView.
 



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