Placer Employment Opportunities

Crime Analyst - II

Recruitment #2023-11764-01


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Placer County is currently accepting applications for Crime Analyst - I and Crime Analyst - II. Each level in this job series has different minimum qualifications. To participate in the recruitment at the I level, the II level, or both levels, you must complete and submit separate applications and supplemental questionnaires for each recruitment.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office and the Placer County District Attorney's office each have one vacancy for Crime Analyst - I/II to support investigations. The ideal candidates will be experts at collecting, analyzing, and communicating data and be detailed oriented. This position will work closely with all levels of staff within the organization and handle competing priorities on a daily basis. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a solution-oriented mindset and the ability to think quickly to make determinations to support public safety efforts.

This classification is scheduled to receive a general wage increase of 4% in July 2024.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer, please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


To analyze crime and intelligence data and conduct research; to monitor and identify trends or patterns in criminal activity within the County and disseminate this information to management; to develop and maintain intelligence databases; to perform complex data mining and data analysis.


This is the full journey-level class within the Crime Analyst series and is distinguished by the performance of the full range of duties. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry-level.

The Crime Analyst class is distinguished from the Senior Crime Analyst in that the latter is assigned the most complex, difficult, and sensitive crime analysis projects and exercises direct supervision over professional staff.


Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory and management staff. Incumbents may exercise functional or direct supervision over technical, professional, and/or clerical staff as needed.


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

  • Collect, research, and analyze a variety of law enforcement, crime, and intelligence data using qualitative and quantitative methods; identify and interpret criminal activity, patterns, relationships, profiles, and trends.
  • Monitor and identify trends in criminal activity; conduct complex data mining with multiple intelligence databases to assist with case development for investigations.
  • Extract and analyze data and records and identify relevant information; prepare a variety of predictive and descriptive technical reports regarding crime patterns, individuals, associations, flow, operations, and threats based on distillation and synthesis of all available information.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; supervise, assign, and review the work of clerical and technical staff.
  • Coordinate with sworn and non-sworn staff, staff from other agencies or jurisdictions, and others 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.
  • Develop or assist in the development of statistical tracking systems, intelligence databases and management reports for identification of trends as identified; develop detailed maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and analyses of spatially-referenced data, including crime reports, calls for service, parolees, sex or arson registrants, complaints, and other relevant data.
  • Create charts, association matrices, link analyses, crime calendars, graphs, and exhibits to assist in investigations, tactical operations, and prosecution.
  • Conduct briefings and/or presentations of crime and intelligence information for employees and outside agency staff; prepare a variety of bulletins and other time sensitive informational materials for dissemination of information. 
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for administrative functions; assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Design and recommend systems, procedures, forms, and instructions for internal use; apply conventional and computer-based modeling, logic and hypothesis testing algorithms and statistical analyses; prepare complex analytical and statistical reports.
  • Evaluate investigative computer software tools and make recommendations for system enhancements; provide technical assistance on the functionality of job specific information systems; plan, collect, and analyze open-source information from the internet while staying attentive to new local media sources and trends.
  • Prepare correspondence and reports; establish and maintain a variety of files, records, and statistics, including case files, activity logs, unit statistics, and crime data; ensure documentation, retention, and destruction of crime data complies with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Produce and disseminate time-sensitive law enforcement bulletins, hot sheets, and other law enforcement related documents.
  • May represent the work unit as required; may testify in court.
  • Conduct special projects and staff training related to crime analysis and related computer system applications.
  • Assist with research, analysis, and feedback on log-term projects such as beat redistribution studies, call volume, and statistical reports.
  • Provide tactical and real-time intelligence for in-progress incidents and active cases.
  • Perform related duties as required.


Work is performed in both an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions and in the field requiring travel to various locations throughout the County in a variety of outdoor weather conditions. Incumbents may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors related to law enforcement field work.


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

Experience: Two (2) years of increasingly responsible crime analysis work experience performing duties similar to a Crime Analyst I 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, statistics and research methodology, computer science, geographic information systems, or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a 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.
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.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of crime and intelligence analysis, including collecting, validating, analyzing, and disseminating crime data; predicting and forecasting of future criminal activity; developing target criminal profiles; documenting associations and relationships between people, organizations, and events.
  • Geographic Information Systems and mapping software applications; charting and graphics systems and software.
  • State and federal privacy and civil liberty statutes associated with criminal justice operation systems.

Ability to:

  • Develop and test hypotheses and forecasts regarding criminal activity; apply conventional and computer-based modeling, logic, structured analytic techniques, hypothesis testing algorithms, and statistical analyses.
  • Understand, interpret, and know laws, regulations, and codes; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • Recommend and implement policies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain computer database systems; retrieve raw data from multiple data sources (data mining); write and read code and parse data connections; maintain proficiency in using complex internet/web-based computer applications. 


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.


Length of Probation:
All permanent appointments to this classification shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) calendar months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more.

Bargaining Unit:


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list 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 level) 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 click here.


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 (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decision making, political orientation, 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.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Andrea Marthaler, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 886-4664.

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