Crime Analyst - Senior

  • Auburn, California
  • May 16, 2024
Full Time Criminology and Forensics
  • Salary: $40.74 - $50.87/hour; $7,061.60 - $8,817.47/month; $84,739.20 - $105,809.60/year USD

Job Description


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play, and learn! For more information about Placer County, please visit


As a Senior Crime Analyst with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, you hold a pivotal role in overseeing and managing the Crime Analysis Unit. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office relies on the Crime Analysis Unit for essential information, data, tactical and real-time intelligence for in-progress incidents, and real-time intelligence for active criminal cases. As a Senior Analyst, your responsibilities extend beyond the Unit, providing strategic leadership on emergency workflows for critical incidents and criminal investigations.

The Senior classification handles the most difficult and complex duties given and exercises direct supervision over the assigned Crime Analysis Unit Staff. In this supervisory capacity, you directly plan, organize, and manage Crime Analysis Unit activities for the Sheriff’s Office. Your role provides highly complex support to both sworn and non-sworn personnel, contributing to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Sheriff’s Office, improving quality of life for Placer County citizens, and fighting crime.

Qualified candidates for the Crime Analyst Senior position will undergo a thorough background investigation to uphold our high standards of integrity, professionalism, and exceptional leadership qualities.

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

This recruitment is open until filled. Applications will be screened on a weekly basis.


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 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 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 staff 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 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.
  • Participate in committees and task forces; attend meetings, conferences, and training sessions.
  • Conduct briefings and/or presentations of crime and intelligence information for employees and outside agency staff; provide technical guidance and training pertaining to crime analysis.
  • Conduct special projects and staff training related to crime analysis and related computer system applications.
  • Assist with research, analysis, and feedback on long-term projects such as beat redistribution studies, call volume, and statistical reports.
  • Provide tactical and real-time intelligence for in-progress incidents; provide real-time intelligence for 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 are exposed to a variety of environmental factors related to law enforcement field work while providing support for in-progress incidents.


Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two (2) years of responsible professional experience in a law enforcement 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, 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.


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 policies, procedures, and General Orders.
  • State and Federal privacy and civil liberty statutes associated with criminal justice operating systems.

Ability to:
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; maintain awareness of safety; analyze work papers, reports, special projects, and relevant data; recall accounts given by witnesses; understand, interpret, recall, and explain rules, policies and procedures; explain and enforce evidentiary and other law enforcement procedures; focus on a single task for long periods of time; work with frequent interruptions; collect, evaluate, analyze, and interpret complex information and data; identify and interpret information from a variety of sources; work under time pressure and complete a high volume of tasks.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at a desk or in meetings for long periods of time. Walk, stand, bend, twist, squat, and reach to access equipment and files in the office and field; perform simple and power grasping and fine manipulation; speak, use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate; see with sufficient acuity to read characters and decipher colors on a computer screen and in the field; see, hear, and speak with sufficient acuity to examine, assess, and communicate in the field; lift light weight.
  • Plan, supervise, train, and evaluate work activities of assigned staff.
  • Develop, recommend, and implement policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and justify recommendations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide tactical intelligence for in-progress incidents; provide real-time investigative support for active cases.
  • 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.


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:


FLSA Status:



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.


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Closing Date/Time: Open Until Filled

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Job Address

Auburn, California United States View Map