Crime Analyst I

Fairfax, Virginia
$49,380.03 - $82,299.15 Annually
Apr 17, 2021
Apr 24, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Located in the Criminal investigations Bureau, Operations Support Bureau, or at one of the seven district stations, serves as the Crime Analyst and is responsible for extracting, compiling, and analyzing reported incidents of crime and traffic accidents in order to identify suspects, detect problem areas and predict trends, thereby assisting in the traffic and criminal enforcement efforts of bureau or station personnel. Acquires and maintains a working knowledge of the various subsystems of the Police Department Records Management System, including arrests, calls for service, citations, field contacts, supplements, warrants, accidents, investigation management and case history. Develops an understanding of criminal investigation techniques and the department's investigation reporting procedures. Reviews and analyzes all criminal investigation reports filed in assigned area of responsibility. Briefs Station Commanders and Patrol Supervisors on criminal activity and assists in the planning of proactive enforcement operations. Acquires and maintains a working knowledge of the department's Geographic Information System (GIS) and Business Intelligence reporting tools.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Reviews and extracts data from protected law enforcement and correctional records management systems, such as police incidents, arrests, warrants, case management and accidents, mug shots, probation records and jail bookings;
  • Reviews and analyzes records and data from commercial and open sources, such as social media, court dockets, offender registries and law enforcement subscription data warehouses;
  • Conducts data analysis and open source research to identify patterns, trends, problems, offenders and potential victims in support of patrol, investigative strategies, case linkage and successful prosecution;
  • Uses data and knowledge of police practices and sociopolitical concerns to identify opportunities for proactive policing and to support crime prevention and reduction strategies;
  • Prepares comprehensive tactical, strategic and administrative crime and intelligence products that are actionable, defensible and timely;
  • Responds to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Clery Act and other public requests for information in accordance with State law and department policy;
  • Engages in regular information sharing within the Police Department as well as with other crime analysis and law enforcement partners, regionally and nationally;
  • Stays abreast of shifts and developments in criminal modus operandi, analytical and investigative strategies and techniques and legal decisions and updates related to policing;
  • Briefs commanders, supervisors, detectives and patrol units on criminal activity, prolific offenders and other impacts on quality-of-life in their assigned area or responsibility, both orally and in writing, and participates in planning and evaluating proactive and reactive enforcement and public education efforts;
  • Presents data, research and findings in a professional, effective and timely fashion to Police Department employees, partners and the public, both orally and in writing.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of the standards and methods of statistical analysis and empirical research methodology;
  • Thorough knowledge of and competent use of the most current version of Microsoft Office Suite as well as advanced computer applications, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Business Intelligence (BI);
  • Knowledge of the theory, standards, methods and technologies of tactical, strategic, intelligence and administrative crime analysis;
  • Knowledge of criminological and sociological theories of crime;
  • Knowledge of criminal investigations and operational police techniques;
  • Ability to acquire and maintain expertise in database structure and Structured Query Language;
  • Ability to acquire and maintain expertise in Police Department records management systems;
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a working knowledge of Police Department operations, rules and regulations;
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a working knowledge of County, State and Federal laws, regulations, ordinances, court decisions and issues related to policing, and skill in applying this knowledge in conducting analysis:
  • Ability to extract meaningful information from multiple types of protected and open data sources, evaluate its integrity and draw sound conclusions;
  • Ability to communicate professionally and concisely, orally and in writing, with law enforcement and the public.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university; PLUS one year of professional experience conducting statistical analysis, open source research and summarizing sound conclusions in verbal and written formats in a law enforcement or law enforcement-supporting setting.

Experience using a law enforcement records management system and querying information systems/databases for analytical purposes. Familiarity with Tableau, LInX, ESRI ArcGIS, i2 Analyst's Notebook, SmartDraw, ELSAG LPR Operational Center, TLO, SQL Server. Strong working knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications, specifically Excel and Outlook. Experience utilizing pivot tables in various software products and/or statistical packages. Documented experience conducting analyses, preferably in a criminal justice or law enforcement setting, and summarizing conclusions in both oral and written form. Ability to work effectively with minimum direct supervision.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, driver's license check, and public safety background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Work requires the ability to operate keyboard driven equipment and to sit for long periods of time. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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