Mesa Police Department
Senior Crime Analyst
A Senior Crime Analyst performs professional-level crime analysis and focuses on continuous efforts to streamline analytical processes based on current research and best practices. A Senior Crime Analyst duties include: researching, gathering, and analyzing crime data to assist with redistricting and patrol allocation, determine crime patterns, suspect characteristics, and/or demographic information; utilizing open source information to assist with gathering intelligence relating to ongoing investigations; identifying new analytical software and evaluating its effectiveness; utilizing computer systems and software to prepare reports, graphs, and maps for reports/presentations to both Command and Executive staff; preparing tactical crime bulletins or analytical products, with the purpose of assisting investigators and/or police leaders with immediate and long-range decision-making; and researching current trends and crime-fighting techniques and solutions. Assignments might be comprehensive and complex and entail interactions between multiple areas of the police department. Additional responsibilities include: developing, implementing, and maintaining a training plan/matrix to ensure that all Crime Analysts and Crime Analysis Technicians have baseline training and expectations; developing defined individual training requirements that directly correlate to assigned units (example: Operations, Administration, or Investigations); developing and administering measurable guidelines to ensure newly acquired skills are accurately put into practice and of value long-term to the department; coordinating with Crime Analysts and Crime Analysis Technicians, and their Lieutenants to develop continuity and standardization within analytical practices and procedures, and to address potential operational concerns; and streamlining work processes. A Senior Crime Analyst may be asked to provide feedback regarding a Crime Analysts or Crime Analysis Technicians skills and proficiency but will not supervise them. A Senior Crime Analyst will also interact with Police Department leadership to provide input on crime analysis related policy development/revision and make presentations regarding the abilities of the police departments crime analysis function.
This class is distinguished from the Crime Analyst primarily by the scope of additional responsibilities regarding the coordination of a training plan/matrix, software and technology resources, and process improvement elements. A Senior Crime Analyst is assigned to the Administrative Bureau and work is performed under the general direction of a Police Planner and indirectly report to a Police Lieutenant. Assignments are generally in the form of broad requests and objectives that require independent initiative, judgment, latitude, and considerable flexibility in developing/designing a training plan and selection of methods and procedures. Work performance is reviewed and evaluated through employee-engaged conferencing, written product performed and produced, and results achieved. This class is FLSA exempt-professional.
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Employee Values: All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the Citys shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.
Minimum Qualifications Required. Any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors Degree. Considerable (3- 5 years) full-time experience in conducting research and analysis (administrative, operational, or investigative) in a law enforcement environment.
Special Requirements. Because of the confidential, sensitive nature of information handled, successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph is required. Continuous and active participation in one or more crime analyst associations, such as the Arizona Association of Crime Analysts (AACA) or International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) will be required for this position. Must be able to achieve analyst certification from either the IACA or the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) by the end of the first year in the position. Must be able to become an AZPOST certified general instructor through the Mesa Police Departments General Instructor school by the end of the first year in the position.
Substance Abuse Testing. Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures.
Preferred/Desirable Qualifications. Experience in managing a training budget and knowledge of current crime analyst training courses is preferred. One year of lead or supervisory experience is also preferred. Experience leading process improvement projects, experience working with Microsoft Office Products, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS), and general programming experience related to the criminal justice field is highly desirable.