County of Alameda

Crime Technician (#0404)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$33.12-$39.84 Hourly / $2,649.60-$3,187.20 BiWeekly /
$5,740.80-$6,905.60 Monthly / $68,889.60-$82,867.20 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
Under general supervision, performs a variety of manual and automated crime data collection, research and analysis for the enhancement of law enforcement operations

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Incumbents in this classification, found within the Sheriff’s Office, are responsible for performing research analysis on criminal, current and cold cases. This class is distinguished from Sheriff’s Technician which performs a variety of paraprofessional law enforcement support duties not requiring the analytical skill and computer knowledge of the Crime Technician. This class is further distinguished from the Crime Analyst by the emphasis on data collection and producing routine reports, as opposed to the Crime Analyst emphasis on comprehensive strategic and operational crime analysis. The Crime Analyst exercises considerable independent judgment in developing research design and statistical analysis.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Reviews and prepares case report packets for distribution to DA’s office, Investigations Sergeant, Captain and individual investigators.
2. Assist Investigation Unit and Investigators with case research, cold case summarizing, reviewing and transcribing covert tapes, evidence collection, crime scene assistance, media, scheduling, file organization, presentations and operation plan development.
3. Identifies open crime cases with solvability factors, develops and updates various computer databases used to track open cases. Develops suspect information for investigative follow up and distributes information internally and externally as directed.
4. Develops and updates various computer databases to meet staff requests to investigative information. Performs direct input or downloads information from multiple data files.
5. Provides assistance to Investigators and other Sheriff’s Office personnel on specialized law enforcement computer programs and software such as Merlin Information System, Locate Plus, Cal Photo, Mugs and Trak systems.
6. Acts as a liaison with outside agencies used to assist in law enforcement investigations.
7. Maintains accurate records and files related to work performed.
8. May serve as departmental liaison with families who are victims of violent crime in conjunction with or in the absence of an Investigations Officer.
9. Operates a variety of standard office equipment and may drive a County or personal vehicle to attend meetings and training sessions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Either I
Experience:

The equivalent of three years of full-time experience as a Sheriff’s Technician II or higher class in the Alameda County classified service within a law enforcement, criminal justice or court-related setting. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office and Hospital Authority.) (Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public administration, criminal justice or field related to the work may be substituted for two of the required three years of experience.)

OR II
Experience:

The equivalent of three years of full-time paraprofessional experience in a criminal justice, law enforcement, or court-related setting that has provided the knowledge and abilities listed below. (Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public administration, criminal justice or field related to the work may be substituted for two of the required three years of experience.)

License:

May require possession of a valid California driver’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Law enforcement terminology and processes.
• Basic administrative research and analysis.
• Word processing, spread sheet and database applications.
• Principles and practices of statistical analysis.
• Standard office practices and procedures, including the operation of standard office equipment.


Ability to:

• Collect, compile and analyze information and various types of data.
• Evaluate data to make sound conclusions and recommendations.
• Prepare accurate statistical and narrative reports, computer documentation and other written materials.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Interpret and apply applicable policies, codes and regulations.
• Maintain accurate records and files.
• Exercise sound independent judgment.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
LN:po 11/23/05
Newspecs:0404.doc
CSC Date: 3/15/2006
LN:po 1/18/08 Revised
CSC Date: 3/12/2008

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.