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Police Analyst (Background Investigator)

Class Summary
The Police Analyst performs professional level administrative duties based on assignment including but not limited to: background investigations, budget development, research, data/statistical analysis, crime analysis, policy and procedure development, accreditation compliance, strategic planning, performance measures, process improvement and process mapping.

Distinguishing Characteristics
•The Police Analyst is distinguished from the Police Analyst Senior by the latter performing the full scope and more difficult Analyst duties.
•This is not a supervisory classification.
•See 'Essential Functions' for a list of duties.

Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience:
•Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution in Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related field, and
•Two years of professional level administrative experience.
•An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.
Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:
Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on division/department/service assignment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: •Research methods and procedures, statistical analysis and data processing methods and procedures.
•Law enforcement needs, techniques, policies, procedures, accreditation and legal demands.
•Budget principles and practices.
•Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies.
•Investigation and Interviewing techniques.
•AZ P.O.S.T. rules, regulations and disqualifiers.
•Criminal, traffic and civil laws.
Ability to: •Comprehend, interpret, analyze and make inferences and/or projections from complex written documents, statistical data, and oral communications.
•Conduct thorough interviews and investigations (Background Investigator assignment).
•Write clear, concise and thorough reports.
•Make complex mathematical calculations.
•Make oral presentations to management and staff.
•Make inferences and projections from written material and statistical data.
•Provide thoughtful and thorough analysis.
•Listen, communicate and work effectively with a diverse group of people.
•Handle multiple projects simultaneously and use good judgment in prioritizing work assignments.
•Proficiently perform computerized word processing, comprehension, summarizing and writing/editing.
•Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other professionals, City staff, police management and the general public.
•Work proactively and independently with initiative and attention to detail.

Essential Functions
Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following:
•Performs research studies, feasibility studies, needs assessments, cost/benefit analysis, cross impact analysis and management studies.
•Conducts crime trend/pattern analysis activities using qualitative, temporal and geographic measures and statistical methods and prepares crime analysis bulletins and reports on crime rates.
•Researches current local and national police trends; makes recommendations on policies and procedures, practices and methods of operation based on current research and legal requirements; evaluates new technologies and makes recommendations; forecasts technological needs; monitors the usage of technology within the department.
•Performs program evaluation and organizational analysis; monitors procedures and methods; prepares reports on findings and recommends action; assists with project management expertise to coordinate and implement department- wide projects.
•Coordinates the development of department performance measures and workload indicators; performs resource allocation and staffing distribution studies.
•Coordinates and monitors program budget development with the City budget liaisons; maintains fiscal control and accountability for the departmental budget including all budget expenditures.
•Coordinates department grant applications, grant funds and grant under program reports; develops budget forecasts, prepares budget reports and makes oral and written recommendations for fiscal affairs; coordinates all service contracts and agreements for the department.
•Attends City budget meetings and makes oral presentations.
•Analyzes policy and evaluates programs to meet department and accreditation standards.
•Performs policy and procedure development to include the research, creation, revision, distribution and archiving of all general orders and operations orders.
•Ensures accuracy, consistency and clarity in policy and procedural manuals and compliance with accreditation standards.
•Updates the accreditation database, logs receipt of compliance documentation and ensures accuracy of accreditation files.
•Assists with collecting, organizing and filing accreditation documentation and in on-site reviews by accreditation assessors.
•Assists with staff inspection function.
•Performs other duties as assigned.
•Conducts police employment background investigations and interviews in accordance with Arizona P.O.S.T. and Scottsdale Police Department rules and regulations.
•Completes criminal history inquiries into federal, state and local data files.
•Participates in activities and services related to Police Personnel areas including recruitment and selections; employment and other areas as required. Develops and analyzes information from formal interviews, as well as information derived and developed from law enforcement systems, public domain data bases, social media websites, etc.
•Performs clerical duties including typing and filing, updating and maintaining security on sensitive files.