Placer Employment Opportunities

Crime Analyst Senior

Recruitment #2018-11765-01


To act as a lead in the performance of administrative and analytical functions related to crime and intelligence analysis work; to identify and communicate crime trends or patterns; and to ensure completion of tasks in compliance with established policies and procedures.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Crime Analyst series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, and by the high degree of broad based and specialized knowledge required.

Employees perform the more difficult and responsible types of duties assigned and exercise direct supervision over assigned Crime Analysis Unit staff. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all policies, procedures, and operational systems related to assigned areas of responsibility.


Receives general direction from assigned Sheriff’s Office management staff.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, and review the work of assigned staff; participate in the selection of staff; ensure work is completed in a timely and efficient manner; review work products and conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Work with management staff to develop and implement unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for achieving work objectives.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of the unit and recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on status of assigned projects, operations, and activities.
  • Develop and implement policies, guidelines, operations and procedures for the unit; understand and interpret complex rules, laws, regulations, and procedures.
  • Research, evaluate and recommend new technology; conduct complex data mining with multiple intelligence databases to assist with case development for investigations.
  • Collect, research, and analyze complex or highly sensitive law enforcement, crime, and intelligence data using qualitative and quantitative methods; identify and interpret criminal activity, patterns, relationships, profiles and trends.
  • Develop and maintain specialized databases, files, and records; develop automated and/or manual documents related to information needs of assignment.
  • Prepare predictive and descriptive technical reports regarding crime patterns, individuals, associations, flow, operations, and threats based on distillation and synthesis of all available information.
  • Prepare a variety of bulletins and other time-sensitive informational materials for dissemination of information.
  • Plan, collect, and analyze open source information from the internet while staying attentive to new social media sources and trends.
  • Work with staff from other agencies, departments, or the Sheriff’s Office to identify requirements for intelligence/crime analysis products; maintain liaison with other jurisdictions and agencies.
  • Review and analyze current/proposed legislation and advise management on the impact or potential impact; assist in analysis of federal and state statutes, codes and regulations; develop required responses and/or proposals for various state departments and various statewide associations applicable to assigned work unit or department.
  • Ensure that records and information are documented, retained, and discarded in accordance with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.
  • May represent the work unit or Sheriff’s Office as required; testify in court as an expert witness on information and materials analyzed.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records and statistics including case files, activity logs, unit statistics, and crime data.
  • Conduct briefings and/or presentations of crime and intelligence information for Sheriff’s Office employees and outside agency personnel; provide technical guidance and training pertaining to crime analysis.
  • Conduct special projects and staff training related to crime analysis and related computer system applications.
  • Perform related duties as required.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below. 

Experience:  Two years of responsible professional experience in a law enforcement, military, or governmental intelligence agency performing duties similar to a Crime Analyst II with Placer County.

Training:  Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, crime analysis, law enforcement/public safety, public administration, intelligence studies, homeland security, sociology, statistics and research methodology, computer science, geographic information systems, or a related field.

NOTE: Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Human Resources Department.

NOTE: Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

NOTE: Preference may be given to applicants who possess prior experience working in the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a California Department of Justice Crime and Intelligence Analysis certification or equivalent comparable certification.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles of supervision, training and evaluating performance.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of crime and intelligence analysis, including collecting, validating and analyzing crime and intelligence data; predicting and forecasting of future criminal activity; developing target criminal profiles; and documenting associations and relationships between people, organizations, and events.
  • The use of statistical and logic methods to solve crime problems; the use of technology to document activities and locations.
  • Research methods, tools, and techniques used to develop and present information; report preparation and presentation.
  • Computer systems and software, including word processing, spreadsheet, logic/hypothesis testing, mapping/GIS, charting and graphing, data mining, database applications and architecture, and web-based computer applications.
  • Standard and accepted English usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Pertinent local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
  • Applicable Sheriff’s Office policies, procedures, and General Orders.
  • State and Federal privacy and civil liberty statutes associated with criminal justice operating systems.

Ability to:

  • Plan, supervise, train, and evaluate work activities of assigned staff.
  • Develop, recommend, and implement policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and summarize work papers, written materials, statistical data, and special projects; identify and interpret information from a variety of sources; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and justify recommendations.
  • Develop and test hypotheses, forecasts, and predictives regarding criminal activity.
  • Apply conventional and computer based modeling, logic, structured analytic techniques, hypothesis testing algorithms, and statistical analyses.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Use a variety of computer software applications including but not limited to mapping, graphing, charting, databases, and spreadsheets; develop and maintain computer database systems.
  • Obtain information through interview; handle multiple assignments; deal firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Understand and interpret pertinent laws, regulations, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means or enter/retrieve data from computer; and lift light weight.



Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

Best Qualified Screening (Pass/Fail)

An application appraisal screening MAY be conducted to select a reasonable number of the best-qualified candidates. The criteria for this screening is listed as preference language under the note in the Minimum Qualifications section.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants for this classification must complete and pass a background check (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph) and pre-employment psychological and medical examinations, including a drug screening, prior to appointment. All applicants must sign a constitutional oath, submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S., and be fingerprinted. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age or be bonded.


All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and those in management and confidential groups, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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