Crime Analyst

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Job summary:
Hiring Range: $47,853 – $59,247
Salary Range: $47,853 – $70,641

The Crime Analyst is a dedicated position assigned to the Police Department to provide timely and pertinent information relative to crime patterns to department staff. Analyst work will support operational and administrative staff in planning the deployment of resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal activities, aiding in the investigative process and providing timely information, which increases the apprehension of offenders and the clearance of cases.

The Crime Analyst performs routine crime analysis duties, such as developing regular crime and calls for service bulletins; conducting and presenting historical analysis on both general and specific crime and calls for service information; undertaking tactical crime analysis, and assisting with comprehensive research projects. Work is reviewed through conferences, conversations, observation the analysis of reports and recommendations and the evaluation of results achieved.

Essential functions:
• Perform strategic and tactical analysis of crime patterns, series and trends
• Perform short term, tactical planning and analysis through cluster/hotspot identification
• Perform long-term planning and analysis using statistical based analysis
• Conduct crime analysis using community characteristics, demographic reports, intelligence data, field interviews, etc.
• Analyze temporal and spatial crime patterns in preparation for Departmental Intelligence briefings and team discussions
• Conduct preliminary and advanced statistical analysis
• Compile and analyze crime, arrests and calls for service data
• Identify trends and patterns in the data, generate maps, graphs, charts, and tables
• Present regular briefings to command staff of identified cases of interest and emerging crime patterns
• Prepare daily, weekly and monthly products such as reports, and bulletins in order to disseminate crime statistics, suspect information and Modus Operandi (M.O.) patterns
• Receives, prepares and disseminates intelligence information on criminal activity and officer safety matters via bulletins, case reports or memoranda
• Develops and maintains criminal intelligence sources; establishes, maintains and coordinates contacts with various local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to facilitate a productive information exchange network
• May provide recommendations or strategies concerning crime prevention or apprehension of criminals, such as directed patrol recommendations, surveillance, or stakeouts
• Write professional crime and intelligence analysis bulletins relating to on-going trends
• Prepares maps, graphs, charts, tables and other illustrative devices for visual presentation of data; prepares intelligence reports and statistical analysis; prepares link analysis, event flow analysis, and activity charting
• Communicates with supervisor, police management personnel, department personnel, other Town departments, law enforcement personnel, government agencies, members of the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities
• Make substantial contributions to the development and implementation of departmental data collection collation processes

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of
• Basic organization and functions of municipal law enforcement and criminal law, related to crime analysis and dissemination of confidential information
• Modern research techniques including research design and statistical analysis
• Quantitative analysis methodology; report writing techniques
• Applications of various computer software programs, including spreadsheet, data visualization software, database, word processing, graphics, statistical analysis, and GIS mapping
• Principles and practices of geographic information systems and GIS software and hardware tools
• Proper use of English and grammar
• Record keeping principles and procedures
• Modern police methods and procedures related to crime prevention and crime analysis
• Understanding of problem-oriented policing and data-driven policing techniques (e.g., intelligence led policing, stratified policing, CompStat)
• Public relations, communications, organizational effectiveness/development, and related information technology
Ability to
• Communicate clearly, concisely and fluently, both orally and in writing, in English
• Interpret and apply laws and regulations
• Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports
• Prepare graphs, tables, and statistical charts
• Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts and evidence and draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations
• Demonstrated experience and capability working with politically sensitive, complex situations, analyzing complex problems and developing creative solutions
• Develop and maintain a computerized automated crime analysis system
• Operate a variety of office equipment
• Utilize hardware and software to retrieve data from internal and external sources, download data into appropriate software, and develop documents as requested
• Conduct complex research
• Work independently in the absence of specific instructions
• Balance team and individual responsibilities
• Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views
• Gives and welcomes feedback
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with public officials, departmental employees, the general public, and other law enforcement agencies
• Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences
• Promotes a harassment-free environment
• Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments
• Attend and successfully complete relevant training courses
• Represent the department and the Town of Matthews in meetings with other agencies
• Work various and extended hours as needed

Physical requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move about in an office type setting, sit for a length of time, use hands and fingers to complete daily work assignments, reach with hands/arms to file and move stock items.

The employee must be able to:
• Communicate face to face, on the telephone, and in a classroom, setting using the English language
• Read and comprehend written material and make inference from the contents
• Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds
• Specific vision abilities required by this job
• Close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus

Required training and experience:
• Must be a U.S. Citizen and at least eighteen (18) years of age
• Must have experience or college-level education in statistical analysis or Intelligence/crime analysis
• Must have documented training or experience in producing and preparing coherent and clear written and oral presentations

Desirable training and experience:
• Knowledge or experience in COMPSTAT
• Military or Police experience in crime or Intelligence analysis
• Experience as a police investigator
• College degree in related field
• Newly graduated criminal justice major seeking experience