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Crime Data Technician

Salary: $21.20-$25.88 hourly / $3,687-$4,501 monthly / Range: 5456

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, gathers, categorizes, and analyzes narrative and statistical data pertaining to past and current criminal activity; prepares and disseminates reports pertaining to existing and anticipated criminal activity to sworn personnel in order to assist in effective law enforcement; may make limited recommendations regarding tactical deployment of sworn staff in order to deter criminal activity; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents perform specialized technical support work utilizing automated law enforcement systems and software to provide crime data, summaries, and reports to sworn staff as requested. The Crime Data Technician is distinguished from the Crime Analyst by Technician'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, as opposed to the Analyst's emphasis on long range and far reaching strategic and operational crime analysis and the performance of complex analysis.



Uses and maintains general and specialized computer applications in order to gather and organize crime data; gathers data on criminal activity from law enforcement and other agencies in order to facilitate the study of crime series.

Organizes, studies, interprets, and summarizes crime reports and statistics on criminal activity in order to identify existing crime series and patterns; studies crime data for common linking factors, such as method, crime type, suspect or victim physical description, or weapon used.

Makes written and oral presentations to sworn staff of crime series and patterns as requested; uses charts, graphs, and written reports to effectively convey information; attends regular departmental briefings.

Attends regional meetings of crime analysis professionals in order to share information on crime patterns, new methodologies, and developing tools.


1. Completion of 12 semester or 18 quarter units of college level coursework, including 6 semester or 9 quarter units in criminal justice or law enforcement; or,
2. possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate, plus 6 months of experience in a law enforcement agency using computer systems; 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: Incumbents must obtain a California Department of Justice Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis within 18 months of appointment. Independent travel is required.

Knowledge of: basic personal computer usage and applications; Standard English grammar and usage; basic knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Ability to: learn to gather, organize, and analyze narrative and statistical data; learn to analyze problems, consider options, formulate strategies, and make practical recommendations; learn general and specialized computer applications; exercise objectivity; prepare graphs, tables, and statistical charts; communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues, departmental staff, and representatives of other organizations and agencies; learn to work with minimal supervision; maintain confidentiality of information.

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