Analyst Position Descriptions

The duties of a Crime Analyst vary widely by type of analyst and priorities set for the analyst by the agency. This section is designed to provide examples of elements that can be used to create a job description.  The elements listed below refer to specific analyst duties and are meant to be combined with agency specific elements to build a complete job description. These elements can be incorporated into various positions, including:

For information on creating a position announcement, see the Position Announcements area.

Essential Duties

This area outlines specific duties that an analyst may be expected to perform. These elements are grouped by type of analysis: tactical, strategic, administrative, and intelligence, as well as a category for supervisory analyst.

Most analysts perform duties that fit into more than one type of analysis. Therefore, your job announcement may contain elements from any or all of the analysis types listed below. Elements listed in the first section fit multiple analysis types.

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Elements that Fit Multiple Analysis Types

  • Provide information to police, City administration, and City Council for decision-making purposes; present analysis and statistics in various internal and external forums; and participate and provide information to police/City committees.
  • Develop statistical data resources to assist in proactive and targeted investigations, preventative enforcement and education, identification of theft patterns, trends and criminal organizations, and identification of known and repeat offenders.
  • Use computer databases, electronic spreadsheets, desktop publishing, word processing, and statistical applications to manipulate, analyze, and present data.
  • Study current literature on research methodology and police issues, and make appropriate recommendations for improvements in crime analysis practices.
  • Aid in guiding the department on how crime analysis products should be used to combat crime and disorder problems in the city.
  • Work with senior command staff to streamline processes related to data collection and data retrieval.
  • Respond to ad hoc requests from the Chief of Police and Deputy Chiefs for meetings and briefings.
  • Interact and communicate with Police personnel, other City employees, and the community on crime analysis/research issues; and respond to requests for various information and statistical reports.
  • Develop and maintain Tactical, Strategic, Administrative and Operational analytical capabilities.
  • Integrate information from crime analysts and police personnel into a presentation to present to Command Staff on a weekly basis.
  • Conduct briefings and presentations of analytical findings and conclusions.
  • Provide information and analysis findings in a format that allows for its use by all appropriate personnel and divisions of the Department.
  • Prepare a variety of reports such as crime information and patrol bulletins, monthly and quarterly activity summaries, department annual reports and specific statistical/research reports as needed.
  • Conduct statistical and strategic analysis which includes preparing monthly, quarterly, annual, and on-request reports.
  • Research and analyze complex law enforcement data; identify and interpret criminal activity, patterns, and trends; and forecast trends to aid in staffing and deployment of police personnel.
  • Make written and oral presentations, using maps, charts, and graphs, to inform police officers, detectives, investigators and commanders of emerging or existing crime series, patterns, and trends, as well as suspect and victim profiles.
  • Attend regional meetings of law enforcement personnel in order to share information on crime series, patterns, new methodologies, and developing tools.
  • Prepare a variety of mapping (GIS) products, including those that are the product of geo-spatial analysis.
  • Respond to ad-hoc requests for data and reports from all levels and units of the department.
  • Collect and organize criminal information from all available resources, including the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system, the National Incident-Based System (NIBRS), field interview reports, intelligence sources, other agencies, media, crime bulletins, review of crime reports and supplements, informational surveys, and retrieval of crime information in order to study and analyze past and existing crime series, patterns and trends.
  • Compile information, analyze findings, make interpretations, and write comprehensive reports based on data; use these findings to identify information gaps and future collection requirements.
  • Prepare and present complex and detailed statistical/analytical and research reports/information using principles and practices of professional and technical report writing. Draft correspondence and presentation materials. Present research summations and convert findings to practical applications.
  • Perform a variety of strategic, tactical, and administrative duties relating to the systematic process of collecting, categorizing, analyzing, and disseminating timely, accurate, and useful information that describes crime patterns, crime trends, and potential suspects.
  • Develop and manage databases, data system integrity and security, electronic spreadsheets, desktop publishing, word processing and statistical applications. Manipulate, analyze and present data.

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Elements of Tactical Analysis

  • Perform 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 research projects.
  • Make written and oral presentations, using charts and graphs, to inform police officers, detectives, investigators, and commanders of emerging or existing crime series, patterns, and trends, as well as suspect and victim profiles.
  • Conduct tactical crime analyses, identifying current crime series and hot spots; prepare tactical action plans.
  • Identify crime patterns for commonalities and offender localities for investigative purposes.
  • Develop and produce crime maps using geographic information systems (GIS) applications and conduct spatial analysis of crime data.
  • Identify citywide spatial and temporal crime patterns and trends.
  • Develop rapport with outside agencies and law enforcement and legal personnel and make arrangements for case information exchange.
  • Determine any assistance that could be provided to patrol or investigative units assigned to an incident including offender, victim, and MO pattern research.
  • Provide accurate, timely and relevant analysis of crime patterns and trends that aid in the efficient deployment of department resources and increases apprehensions and the clearance of criminal cases.
  • Research crimes within and outside the jurisdiction, identifying crime patterns and series.
  • 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.
  • Create profiles of known offenders and arrestees and research their past crimes through multiple databases or other available sources in order to establish their MO(s).
  • Review specific AFIS hits as they are returned in order to further develop suspect leads for similar crimes to those tied to the AFIS hit, or to eliminate the associated crime from a particular pattern or series.
  • Prepare and publish crime analysis bulletins to keep personnel updated on crime trends on a regular basis.
  • Prepare numerous maps, charts, and graphs indicating criminal trends and provide analysis and explanations for these trends, as well as other correlations and indicators (e.g., possible suspects responsible for increases and decreases in specific crimes).
  • 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.
  • Collect and route crime bulletins from surrounding law enforcement agencies; highlight relevant information or provide commentary as to the nexus to the city and assesses offenders’ risk level as it pertains to officer safety concern.
  • Maintain awareness of sex offenders and their MO’s in order to develop potential suspect leads for current crimes.
  • Monitor the transfer of pawn data and routinely check pawn databases for items stolen in the jurisdiction. Routinely check on the activities of known thieves for pawn transactions that might link them to stolen property within the jurisdiction and outside agencies.
  • Identify crime series both within and outside the jurisdiction. Recommend investigative strategy and coordinate information exchange between the department and outside agencies detectives.
  • Provide crime summaries, bulletins, maps, crime series worksheets, and other information to support and coordinate the efforts of the investigation.
  • Use graphing and automated solutions to mapping methods (link analysis, event flow analysis, activity charting) to highlight criminal activities and prepare analytical crime reports. Utilize computer mapping software and other complex statistical tools to track activity and perform ad-hoc analysis of crime and intelligence information.
  • Provide timely and actionable information and intelligence regarding past, present and future crimes and crime trends.
  • Discover, analyze, organize and deliver relevant information to a variety of consumers – including officers, detectives, and other consumers.
  • Review a variety of information, including crime reports and associated databases, for the purpose of finding patterns in criminal activity. Relate those patterns to crimes that are concurrently being investigated and deliver that information to those who need it.
  • Coordinate the information flow and work efforts among crime analysts and investigators with law enforcement agencies throughout the region.
  • Retrieve and analyze various crime, incident, call for service, arrest and other data generated throughout the department. Use a variety of computer software applications to retrieve and analyze data, e.g., spreadsheets, mapping and statistical software.
  • Analyze complex law enforcement data and identify and interpret current and anticipated criminal activity, patterns and trends.  
  • Create a variety of files to identify and cross-reference stolen property, arrests by type and known and suspected offender of criminal activity.
  • Conduct tactical crime analysis, identifying current crime series and hotspots; prepare bulletins and tactical action plans.
  • Develop and produce crime maps using geographic information systems (GIS) applications and conduct spatial analysis of crime data.
  • Forecasts criminal trends based on computer analyses of current and past criminal activity.
  • Evaluate and analyze crime information, select essential elements, and correlate new information with existing information to produce analytical products.
  • Conduct background research on criminals or suspected criminals under investigation through direct computer access or personal contact with systems and organizations.
  • Work closely with both the patrol and investigation divisions to provide timely and actionable analytical products.
  • Develop, organize, analyze, and disseminate information on crime patterns and trends to provide operational units with knowledge for effective operational strategies and for the prevention and investigation of crimes.
  • Identify and analyze evolving or existing crime patterns, including series and hotspots.   Complete comprehensive analysis of the pattern including geographic and temporal analysis.
  • Search automated and other records for information on suspect identification, crime patterns, stolen/pawned property, and other information as requested.
  • Provide input and direction for command staff relating to the use of analytical products for intelligence-led policing and informed decision making.
  • Use computer databases, electronic spreadsheets, geographic information systems (GIS) applications, desktop publishing, word processing, and statistical applications to manipulate, analyze and present crime data.
  • Collect and review crime bulletins, reports, list-serve posts and other information from surrounding law enforcement agencies, analyzing the information for relevance to crime in the city and disseminate the information to internal units as appropriate.
  • Prepare a variety of crime bulletins and reports based on analysis of crime patterns and trends and provide recommendations to develop the best strategies to address the patterns.
  • Provide tactical case support including but not limited to: developing suspect leads, locating address, vehicles, associates, etc., for known offenders; identify victims and associated cases; search selected databases for stolen property.
  • Develop and administer programs to collect, analyze and distribute crime data for crime prevention purposes and inquiries from the public. Identify crime patterns by geographic area, reporting district, time of day, day of week, modus operandi, and other statistical probabilities. Produce periodic reports and bulletins detailing information resulting from crime analysis.
  • Develop regular crime and calls for service bulletins; conduct and present historical analysis on both general and specific crime and calls for service information; undertake tactical crime analysis, and assist with research projects.
  • Develops statistical data resources to assist in proactive and targeted investigations, preventative enforcement and education, identification of crime patterns, trends and criminal organizations, and identification of known and repeat offenders.

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Elements of Strategic Analysis

  • Provide input and direction for command staff related to the use of analytical products for intelligence-led policing and informed decision-making.
  • Provide consultation services to police and City personnel on how to appropriately address and carry out research questions/issues.
  • Identify and recommend proactive measures to implement long range plans for crime prevention.
  • Conduct research and strategic crime analysis to identify crime patterns and trends; analyze long term crime patterns and trends using probability studies and complex statistical analyses such as random samplings, correlation, and regression analysis; develop and test hypotheses; develop victim and suspect profiles (e.g. physical or vehicle description profiles); forecast future criminal activity.
  • Prepare strategic action plans; assist operations and management personnel in planning the deployment of resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal activity.
  • Responsible for the procedures and techniques related to computerized mapping and analysis; ability to collect, conceptualize, analyze, interpret and prepare police data, and to utilize this data to evaluate police deployment, responses and problem solving efforts.
  • Prepare maps, charts, and graphs indicating criminal trends to determine strategic solutions to reduce crime.
  • Perform a variety of tasks related to the analysis, interpretation, and communication of crime data. Manage the development of partnerships between the Police Department and available community resources to enhance the quality of life in the city through the education of individuals, businesses and community groups in various aspects of crime awareness and prevention.
  • Create and promote a community-oriented police department as envisioned by the city council and set forth in the department vision and values statement; encourage citizen involvement and the development of creative approaches to public safety; participate in the coordination of police department efforts to impact perceived and actual crime problems; and provide feedback to the agency on community concerns and initiatives.
  • Collect, compile, analyze and interpret criminal intelligence data using modern crime analysis techniques. The resulting analysis should be presented to the department for the purpose of highlighting trends and forecasting hotspot locations for crime and criminal activity.
  • Develop and prioritize problem areas, top offenders and crime projects and recommend strategies for special operations teams to target and take down offenders or conquer problem areas.
  • Monitor local, regional, and national crime trends.
  • Perform short-term and long-term analysis of trends, patterns, series and problems for police staff.
  • Answers inquiries from the public, businesses, community groups and websites regarding crime activity, trends and patterns.
  • Develop and administer program presentations to community organizations concerning operational functions of the police department; represent the department and respond to questions and concerns regarding partnerships between the department and citizen community involvement as well as business community involvement.
  • Work closely with crime prevention officers to provide current crime trend and pattern information to better inform the community on crime prevention techniques.
  • Develop and administer program presentations to meet community needs on crime and crime prevention; develop, review and evaluate available literature to update program presentations; research police and community programs including crime prevention through environmental design, neighborhood watch, fraud awareness, and other subjects.
  • Interact and communicate with police personnel, other city employees, and the community on crime analysis/research issues, and respond to requests for various information and statistical reports.
  • Provide information and analysis to police, city administration, and city council for decision-making purposes; present analysis and statistics in various internal and external forums; and participate and provide information to police/city committees.
  • Conduct research and strategic crime analysis to identify crime patterns and trends.
  • Analyze long-term crime patterns and trends using probability studies and complex statistical analyses such as random samplings, correlation, and regression analysis; develop and test hypotheses.
  • Prepare strategic action plans; assist operations and management personnel in planning the deployment of resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal activity.
  • Provides information to the crime prevention unit regarding problems, new crime trends and resources to utilize in their community education and crime prevention efforts.
  • Collect, conceptualize, analyze, interpret and prepare police data and use this data to evaluate police deployment, responses and problem solving efforts.
  • Gather reports, criminal history and records on sex offenders living in the jurisdiction and maintain sex offender website and files; coordinate monitoring program of sex offenders.

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Elements of Administrative Analysis

  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data and statistics using quantitative and qualitative methods. Prepare and present complex and detailed statistical reports.
  • Use integrated relational computer systems to create and access database files and prepare statistical charts, graphs and exhibits.
  • Conduct resource allocation studies for budgeting and scheduling purposes. Conduct beat reconfiguration studies. Develop and undertake comprehensive surveys. Conduct comprehensive research projects, including assisting with programs evaluation studies and other administrative studies as assigned.
  • Compile and manage statistical data and produce the department’s annual report.
  • Provide information to police, City administration, and City Council for decision-making purposes; present analysis and statistics in various internal and external forums; and participate and provide information to police/City committees.
  • Provide statistics and established benchmarks regarding crime statistics.
  • Conduct special projects and present unbiased data based solely on statistical information.
  • Initiate, manage and report on projects using standard project management, cost accounting and budget management principles.   Monitor scope, schedule and budget of project/program and coordinate project/program evaluation and improvements.
  • Provide training and orientation to police personnel and other staff on unit work and projects.
  • Compile, analyze and report on criminal and operational information including crime trends, staffing/resource allocation, and budgeting.
  • Collect, analyze and interpret data and statistics using quantitative and qualitative methodology. Employ principles and applications of mathematics and statistics, which may require knowledge of research principles and techniques.
  • Publish reports and make presentations for the media, businesses, and community groups.
  • Perform cost analysis and project staffing costs associated with crime reduction efforts.
  • Provide analysis to city officials and citizens regarding crime and disorder.
  • Conduct resource allocation studies for budgeting and scheduling purposes.
  • Conduct patrol beat reconfiguration studies.
  • Conduct comprehensive surveys and research projects, including assisting with program evaluation studies and other administrative studies.
  • Study current literature on research methodology and police issues, and make appropriate recommendations for improvements in crime analysis practices.
  • Provide crime analysis training to police and city personnel, outside professional groups, and other agencies/individuals/groups visiting the police department.
  • Ensure that the policies and procedures pertaining to crime analysis comply with federal and state legal and judicial requirements and with standards of accreditation.
  • Monitor and determine effectiveness of crime analysis information services provided; provide feedback analysis and program evaluation using available crime data.
  • Draft and prepare general orders, standard operating procedures, and similar materials pertaining to crime analysis.

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Elements of Intelligence Analysis

  • Develop a system to identify, document and track potential threatening individuals, situations and security related cases.
  • Collect criminal intelligence information from a variety of sources such as: Informants, previous investigations, legal instruments, information storage and retrieval systems.
  • Manage the collection of criminal intelligence data for entry into information storage and retrieval systems.
  • Analyze criminal intelligence information and prepare intelligence reports.
  • Manage the threat assessment and security intelligence gathering, documentation and analysis program.
  • Research, compile, analyze and interpret statistical data from department and outside agency reports as well as threat referrals to make appropriate and timely notifications.
  • Act as a departmental liaison with other law enforcement agencies on criminal intelligence matters.
  • Prepare case reports, charts and analysis, forward case reports to a Criminal Investigation supervisor for review and verification; prepare maps and charts such as link analysis, time flow, commodity flow, telephone toll, and other computerized charts to clarify and organize information for further investigation and/or prosecution in criminal court.
  • Coordinate the exchange of interstate and intrastate information pertaining to criminal activity and criminal movement; prepare analytical reports of intelligence information; research patterns, structures, trends, and movements of criminal groups or individuals; develop recommendations for subsequent investigation; write analysis and draw charts and maps to substantiate recommendations.
  • Determine structure and operation on a tactical level of organized criminal groups, such as organized crime families, terrorists, and professional criminals by researching and analyzing intelligence relating to patterns, trends and movements of the groups; prepare time flow, link analysis and other charts to illustrate and clarify the structures and operations of groups.
  • Analyze criminal intelligence information to predict the capabilities and vulnerabilities of investigative strategies.
  • Collect, compile, analyze and interpret criminal intelligence data using statistical methodology and techniques. The resulting intelligence will be used by the department for the purpose of highlighting trends and forecasting hotspot locations for criminal activity.
  • Perform selected criminal intelligence casework at a developmental level and research new techniques.
  • Obtain information from department personnel and numerous other sources, such as various media outlets and department case files; discuss objectives; develop application of criminal intelligence analytical techniques.
  • Manage criminal activity information from internal and external sources, ensure the information is properly analyzed, evaluated, categorized, and stored for effective analysis and dissemination, including retention and purging.
  • Disseminate intelligence information to assist in prevention and detection of criminal activity.
  • Prepare case reports, charts and analysis, maps and charts such as link analysis, time flow, commodity flow, telephone toll, and other computerized charts to clarify and organize information for further investigation and/or prosecution in criminal court; testify in court as an expert witness.
  • Coordinate the exchange of interstate and intrastate information pertaining to criminal activity and criminal movement; prepare analytical reports of intelligence information; research patterns, structures, trends, and movements of criminal groups or individuals; develop recommendations for subsequent investigation; write analyses and draw charts and maps to substantiate recommendations.
  • Perform modern, quantitative frequency distribution; create association matrices and link analysis.
  • Determine structure and operation on a tactical level of organized criminal groups, such as organized crime families, terrorists, and professional criminals by researching and analyzing intelligence relating to patterns, trends and movements of the groups; prepare time flow, link analysis and other charts to illustrate and clarify the structures and operations of groups.
  • Analyze criminal intelligence information to predict the capabilities and vulnerabilities of investigative strategies.
  • Collect criminal intelligence information from a variety of sources such as: informants, previous investigations, law enforcement databases and records management systems.
  • Analyze criminal intelligence information and prepare intelligence reports and bulletins.
  • Act as a department liason with other law enforcement agencies on criminal intelligence matters.
  • Attend meetings that involve police mission strategies and intelligence sharing of a sensitive nature.
  • Review policies and intelligence reports taken on a daily basis and a variety of other resources such as the internet, law enforcement databases, financial records, seized documentary evidence, telephone toll/billing records, pen register data, cellular-site tracking data, and wiretapping data for the purpose of maintaining up-to-date records of crimes, criminals, and criminal and terrorist organizations tracked by the intelligence unit.
  • Research, evaluate, and analyze criminal and intelligence data by computer using software applications such as ArcGIS, Microsoft Office Suite, i2 Analyst's Notebook, and Pen-Link to identify individuals in a conspiracy, understand the hierarchical structure of criminal organizations, determine the flow of currency/narcotics, and establish the chronological sequence of events impacting crime in the city.
  • Perform necessary research and criminal and intelligence data analysis to further assist the department in solving the occurrence and/or preventing future crimes tracked by the intelligence unit.
  • Prepare and maintain comprehensive and detailed written reports, summaries, statistical reports, analytical charts, graphs, and maps of classified and unclassified information for appropriate department personnel in accordance with training, laws, policies and procedures. Prepare information for oral reports as necessary.
  • Compile and analyze criminal and intelligence data according to location, time, special characteristics, and other distinguishing features to locate and identify patterns and trend of crimes, criminals, and criminal and terrorist organizations tracked by the intelligence unit.
  • Establish criminal profiles on career and violent criminals that include prior crimes, criminal relationships, and/or financial background information to aid in making connections between members and criminal organizations.
  • Create and maintain up-to-date computer databases and files on the crimes, criminals and criminal and terrorist organizations tracked by the intelligence unit; enter, modify, update, and retrieve data in computer applications; upload documents and files for inclusion in an electronic file system; monitor data in databases to ensure compliance with established procedures and applicable regulations and laws.
  • Determine criminal associations and patterns of criminal activity relating to organized crime, white collar crime and major conspiracies.
  • Perform telephone record analysis.
  • Provide expert advice on complex issues, assess intelligence and provide tactical and strategic analysis focused on local, national, and international criminal activities.
  • Establish a network of internal and external sources and contacts in identifying criminal trends and conducting intelligence analysis.

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Elements of an Analyst Supervisor

  • Supervise a staff of crime analysts who perform short term and long term analysis of trends, patterns, series and problems for police staff.
  • Oversee the retrieval and analysis of various crime, call for service, arrest and other data generated throughout the Police Department.
  • Responsible to plan, develop, administer, implement and promote a wide variety of activities related to the implementation and on-going activities of the Crime Analysis Unit.
  • Study current literature on research methodology and police issues, and make appropriate recommendations for improvements in crime analysis practices.
  • Develop and foster relationships with local community groups and businesses in accordance with department objectives. Plan, organize and conduct employee, community and business group meetings to disseminate information, encourage responsiveness and participation in department plans and objectives.

 

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