Pierce County

Tacoma , WA
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Crime Research Analyst- Sheriff's Department

Pierce County
Tacoma, WA Full-time
Posted on December 2, 2018

Crime Research Analyst

   Sheriff's Department


SALARY: $26.00 - $32.39 Hourly 


OPENING DATE: 12/02/18


CLOSING DATE:  12/14/18 11:59 PM



This position is technical and operational support work for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, including collection, tabulation, statistical analysis and dissemination of criminal activity information, trends and patterns, through a variety of reporting and communication methods.  



  • Collect, interpret, analyze and prepare a variety of routine to complex statistical information.
  • Utilize County and departmental management information systems, software packages, databases, word processing, and mapping programs in order to produce written, statistical, graphic and geographic reports.
  • Use data results to make recommendations regarding operations and planning.
  • Develop, create or design, and implement crime and/or customer surveys; interview victims or others as appropriate by telephone or other methods of communication (i.e., mailings, in person, etc.)
  • Plan, organize and maintain subject matter files which may include the classifying, cross-referencing and indexing of technically specialized subject matter.  Files contain overlapping categories where proper processing requires analysis of several varying factors related to the subject matter (i.e., category of crimes, patterns, locations, time and dates, victims, etc.)
  • Compile and complete recurrent technical and statistical reports requiring sound judgment in the selection and treatment of data and in manner of presentation. 
  • Undertake specific crime data and open source searches and/or recover information from standard and non-standard sources, and disseminate criminal activity information, its trend and patterns through a variety of reporting and communication methods.
  • Develop special information user groups through the County's E-mail and Internet systems.
  • Prepare and occasionally make verbal, visual or other types of presentations to staff and management teams, community agencies and citizen groups on crime issues in a problem solving environment.
  • May perform lead functions such as distributing and checking work; providing technical assistance as needed, subject to approval of supervisor.
  • Maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at assigned worksite.
  • Perform the physical requirements of the position; work within the established working conditions of the position.
  • Meet the traveling requirements of the position.
  • Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, overtime and holidays.


Two (2) years of college level course work in social science, behavioral science, criminal justice or related field and one (1) or more years of closely related work experience is required OR any combination of education and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the work.  Formal training and certification from a recognized crime analysis program and/or other formal criminal justice/law enforcement experience is desirable.   United States citizenship or lawful permanent resident and the ability to read and write the English language is required by RCW 41.14.100.  

Ability to successfully complete Pierce County Sheriff's Department background investigation, which may include a medical physical, behavioral assessment and polygraph, is required prior to hire.  A valid Washington State Drivers' License may be required at time of appointment. 



Answering the supplemental questions is part of the examination process and is MANDATORY. 

Answer each question fully and clearly.  Please describe in detail your past work experience and education in the following areas.  List your employer(s) and dates of employment separately for each question.

Your answers will be scored according to established criteria.  Please be specific and detailed in your answers, so that enough information is provided in order to be evaluated.  Incomplete information will result in a lower score or rejection of your application.

Applicants must successfully complete the experience and training examination with a passing score of 70%. 

Prior to appointment, a thorough background investigation will be conducted consisting of, but not limited to: personal history statement, personal interviews, employment check, professional and personal reference checks, job specific interviews, criminal and credit checks, neighborhood check, polygraph examination and a drug screen.  Failure to pass any phase of the background investigation shall be cause for removal from the employment register. 

Veteran's preference will be granted in accordance with RCW 41.04.  If you are eligible to have veteran's scoring criteria applied to your examination score, you must submit a copy of Copy 4 of your DD214 or separation orders with your type of discharge to your application.

Candidates will be referred from the register to fill vacant positions occurring within one (1) year from the date the name is placed on the register.

All Sheriff Department employees serve a one (1) year probationary period.