Crime Analyst Job Description

Print
Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general supervision of the Investigations Commander, Detective Lieutenant, and Property Crimes Sergeant. Collects data pertaining to criminal activity and workload from various sources in and out of the Police Department. The data collected is analyzed and disseminated in different forms such as crime pattern recapitulations, Intel Bulletins, and workload studies. The primary emphasis is placed on continuous appraisal and evaluation of crime patterns and trends.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Receives and reviews patrol incident reports, accident reports, supplementary investigation reports, investigative reports, investigative unit reports, field interrogative cards, etc., daily.

Uses the data to extract pertinent information for further analysis and maintains that information in a database. Obtains timely information in order to develop and maintain appropriate files for providing day to day operational information.

Prepares and disseminates Crime Analysis Bulletins of all significant incidents as requested or scheduled (crime bulletins with composites of individuals suspected as violators).

Analysis and dissemination of intelligence information gathered and the completion of assessments on crime groups (i.e. gangs, etc.) which are prioritized as threats to the jurisdiction.

Daily analyses of crime patterns and trends relating to incidents by types, locations, times, weapons used, and other M.O. factors.

Prepares and disseminates specific crime analysis reports based on similar offense or a similar MO (method of operation). These type of reports include information that relate to specific crime patterns/series, the MO involved, potential dates and times of the next occurrence, target locations, suspect information and the like (i.e., maps reflecting geographic particulars of criminal activity in the jurisdiction and time series analyses showing trends of crime incidents over time).

Crime pattern analyses looking at the similarities and differences among incidents to determine if they have been committed by the same individual or group, and when further incidents will most likely occur.

Prepares reports relating to the analysis of workload data for Department management in order for them to make manpower allocations and deployment decisions (Crime summaries and charts which analyze criminal activity and indicators to support community and problem oriented policing).

Reviews Field Interview Reports for possible connection to offenses, to note associates of individual interrogated and extract other significant information (Criminal activity forecasts predicting the severity of future crime).

Prepares and disseminates exception reports of selected crimes, traffic accidents, etc., by patrol area, day of week, month, and year.

Works closely with the Crime Prevention Unit in the identification of problems that may be resolved through the use of crime prevention strategies. Performs related work as required to include preparation of charts and graphs utilized by Department Personnel for presentation purposes (i.e., internal and external requests for statistics/data).

Prepares weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual administrative reports and presentations outlining/summarizing criminal activity in the jurisdiction.

Performs investigative analysis functions that include association analyses (link charts, biographical summaries on all major players, telephone record analyses in chart formats, and flow analyses of events and activity).

Performs intelligence analysis functions that include general assessments on crime groups that may pose a threat to the jurisdiction, historical information on the group and its primary actors, locations of activity, sources of income (legal and illegal), size of the group, ties to other groups, link associations between group members, family members, and associates, and collection, collation, evaluation, storage, analysis, and dissemination of intelligence information through bulletins and presentations.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Graduation from an accredited four year college with major course work in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Police Administration, Statistics, Public Administration, or Research Methods; one year experience as a Crime Analyst, preferably with a policy agency, or experience as a sworn Police Officer, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience in the utilization of a micro-computer.

 

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Must possess analytical mind, have a sound knowledge of Police operations and training in criminal behavior, research methods and statistical techniques.

Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with others is essential.

Must be able to communicate well orally and in writing, and be able to present data to all levels of the department.

Must demonstrate the ability to analyze information identifying similarities and draw logical conclusions based upon the available data.

 

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to read and comprehend various types of documents in order to analyze the data extracted from them.

Ability to collect, collate, analyze, and disseminate information in a written and oral fashion.

Ability to become familiar with and able to perform various types of statistical analysis.

Ability to prepare charts, graphs, tables as they relate to the dissemination of crime analysis information.

Ability to communicate with various groups inside and outside of the police department about crime and crime problems.

 

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date - 8/5/2010