Crime Analyst Job Description & Career Outlook

The job of a crime analyst is to gather, compile and interpret data from crime reports to determine trends in a given area. The crime analyst helps law enforcement agencies see areas of concern, growing problems and areas where crime prevention techniques appear to be ineffective.

Responsibilities of the crime analyst include using data collection and mapping software to compile information received from police reports. This data is used to create reports and recommendations for crime prevention and response techniques. The crime analyst helps the agency see areas that need additional attention, determine training and equipment needs for the department and help administration develop sound, appropriate budgets for the departments. Data is also used to help identify characteristics that are similar for different criminal acts in order to help identify offenders and modes of operation.

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Becoming a Crime Analyst

To become a crime analysts involves meeting several requirements. Crime Analysts may be civilians or sworn officers working for a law enforcement agency. Minimum education requirements to become a crime analyst are a bachelor’s degree and specialized training in the software used and research and statistical methods. Crime analysts should also have a strong working knowledge of geographical software programs and the compilation and interpretation of data. They should also possess the ability to effectively communicate with individuals at every level of the agency as well as the public.

Crime Analyst Salary

The salary for crime analyst can depend on several factors such as experience, education level, and geographic location. The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t provide salary data for this occupation. Many small departments do not have crime analysts due to budget constraints.

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Crime Analyst Career Outlook

The job outlook for crime analysts is favorable and the field of crime analysis is growing. The past ten years have shown an increased demand for trained, formally educated analysts. One trend that is driving demand is the growth in crime information that can be collected by computers and the Internet. Data analysis is playing a greater role in law enforcement and is an important part of criminal justice innovations like COMPSTAT, Problem-Oriented Policing, Intelligence-Led Policing.2

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References:
1. Payscale.com: http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Crime_Analyst/Salary
2: Portland State University: http://online.ccj.pdx.edu/crime-analysis/

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