Crime analysts are responsible for analyzing evidence, researching, performing laboratory analyses, and facilitating crime investigations by collecting items, body fluids, and fingerprints to be processed in a laboratory setting. These analysts must follow strict safety and privacy guidelines while collecting and processing evidence and use caution with pathogens and privacy rights.
Crime analysts work in an office and laboratory environment and use a personal computer to input data, corroborate information and evidence, create reports, and modify data sets, and they also evaluate and summarize crime data in clear and effective ways. Strong communication skills are important in this position to share ideas, findings, and results in a variety of ways, such as written documents, speeches, and presentations, and they must work well in a team setting with other analysts to complete all company objectives under strict deadlines. They are also commissioned to search policy reports and databases for their investigations.
Crime analysts research and analyze criminal activity in a given area and search for information in maps and statistics to create working solutions for analytical goals. They must have excellent problem-solving skills to find new solutions to analysis problems and develop relationships with law enforcement individuals to gain access to important information regarding crime patterns, names, and possible suspects. They also help interpret surveys and statistical data with advanced crime analysis techniques.
A bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior experience in a relevant capacity is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Crime Analyst Tasks
Compile data from police reports, law enforcement feeds, and publications to provide crime intelligence to police.
Assemble suspect and victim profiles and prepare action plans.
Identify crime patterns and statistical trends to anticipate and prevent future crimes.