The Crime Analyst will provide analytical services to Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. This position requires initiative and creativity in order to accomplish objectives. The Crime Analyst must function effectively with minimal supervision, be a team player and have the ability to prioritize work assignments.
Responsibilities and Duties
Under direction of the client, the Crime Analyst will perform systematic and analytical processes directed at providing pertinent information relative to crime patterns and trend correlations to assist operational and administrative personnel in planning the deployment of resources for preventing and suppressing criminal activities, aiding the investigative process, increasing apprehensions, and clearing cases including analyzing information to identify similarities, patterns, and trends among different offenses, identify suspects, and predict criminal activity.
Research, analyze, and compile data from a variety of sources to determine similar offense patterns, series, trends and offenders. Use crime analysis techniques to view, evaluate, and forecast future crime occurrences by comparing unique descriptors and/or variables as well as developing and comparing target/suspect profiles, suspect/crime correlations and offender characteristics. Organize, maintain and enhance manual and automated systems for storage and retrieval of crime and offender information. Initiate and disseminate crime analysis reports and bulletins to individuals and groups within the department and law enforcement community that articulates specific crime problems and offenders, and enhances directed patrol and investigative activity. Prepare and include maps, charts, graphs and written reports as they apply to specific crimes by area.
Assist with the development of agency tactics, strategies, and planning in response to crime trends; create or modify existing programs aimed at targeting specific problem areas and addressing specific series, patterns, and trends. Examine existing laws, codes, and regulations to determine those most advantageous for enforcement in addressing current crime trends.
Assist with the development of new analytical capabilities, systems and processes.
Qualifications and Skills
- Ability to identify citywide spatial and temporal crime patterns and trends.
- Ability to determine any assistance that could be provided to patrol or investigative units assigned to an incident including offender, victim, and MO pattern research.
- Ability to analyze known offenders’ MO’s and establish timelines to perform suspect / crime correlation in order to provide suspect leads and targets for surveillance or directed patrol.
- Ability to attend briefings, detective and crime analyst meetings to provide and receive information on crime series and trends, wanted suspects and major cases. Share information gleaned at such meetings as relevant to department personnel for increased awareness, response planning or investigative support.
- Ability to identify crime series both within and outside the jurisdiction. Recommend investigative strategy and coordinate information exchange between the department and outside agencies detectives.
- Ability to create a variety of files to identify and cross-reference stolen property, arrests by type and known and suspected offender of criminal activity.
- Ability to evaluate and analyze crime information, select essential elements, and correlate new information with existing information to produce analytical products.
- Ability to conduct background research on criminals or suspected criminals under investigation through direct computer access or personal contact with systems and organizations.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and data.
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to orally communicate and write reports, business correspondence, procedure manuals clearly and concisely, effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminology, public administration, or a related field and five (5) years of crime analysts experience, including experience in a law enforcement agency, and/or military experience.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision.