Crime Analyst

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Jul 21, 2022
Full Time Criminology and Forensics
  • Salary: $68,364.00 - $91,620.00 Annually USD

Job Description



Current: $68,364 - $91,620 annually
July 2023: $70,428 - $94,368 annually in addition to a 3% reduction in retirement contributions
July 2024: $72,540 - $97,200 annually


Under direction, to perform systematic and analytical processes directed at providing pertinent information relative to crime patterns and trend correlations to assist operational and administrative personnel in planning the deployment of resources for preventing and suppressing criminal activities, aiding the investigative process, increasing apprehensions, and clearing cases including analyzing information to identify similarities, patterns, and trends among different offenses, identify suspects, and predict criminal activity. May exercise technical and functional supervision over lower level staff and volunteers.


Applications must be completed and submitted on-line. This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.

Candidates are requested to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete . Do not include text or attached resumes, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process. Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process. The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

It is recommended you use a personal email address on your application instead of a work email address . Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the on-line application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your on-line application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate’s legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions

These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Research, analyze, and compile data from a variety of sources to determine similar offense patterns, series, trends and offenders.

Use crime analysis techniques to view, evaluate, and forecast future crime occurrences by comparing unique descriptors and/or variables as well as developing and comparing target/suspect profiles, suspect/crime correlations and offender characteristics.

Organize, maintain and enhance manual and automated systems for storage and retrieval of crime and offender information.

Initiate and disseminate crime analysis reports and bulletins to individuals and groups within the department and law enforcement community that articulates specific crime problems and offenders, and enhances directed patrol and investigative activity.

Prepare and include maps, charts, graphs and written reports as they apply to specific crimes by area.

Assist with the development of agency tactics, strategies, and planning in response to crime trends; create or modify existing programs aimed at targeting specific problem areas and addressing specific series, patterns, and trends.

Examine existing laws, codes, and regulations to determine those most advantageous for enforcement in addressing current crime trends.

Assist department personnel in monitoring and tracking criminal activity and developing methods and procedures for the dissemination of information to the public; develop and provide special crime analysis reports.

Produce training videos and/or written procedures relating to crime analysis functions.

Prepare a full range of records and reports; provide statistical information for filing required crime reports with local, state and federal agencies.

Attend and present at department meetings and briefings (e.g. Patrol, Investigations, Traffic, etc.).

Participate in monthly Orange County Crime Analysis meetings.

Perform related duties as required.

Qualification Guidelines

A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminology, public administration, or a related field and two (2) years of administrative experience, including experience in a law enforcement agency.
Up to two (2) years of additional work experience directly related to this position may substitute for up to two (2) years of the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Memberships in the Southern California Crime & Intelligence Association and the International Association of Crime Analysts are desirable.


Class C California Driver's License. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.

Possession of a Crime and Intelligence Analysis Certification is desirable.


Knowledge of the basic organization and functions of a municipal law enforcement agency.

Knowledge of the principles of mathematics and statistics.

Knowledge of methods and techniques of data collection, research, and report preparation.

Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of GIS and MS Office programs.

Knowledge of CAD/RMS systems is desirable.

Knowledge of modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment; principles and procedures of record keeping.

Knowledge of English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.

Knowledge of word processing methods, techniques, and programs including graphics, spreadsheets, and various database applications.

Skill in operating modern office equipment, including computer equipment; and typing and entering data at a speed necessary for successful job performance.


Ability to learn the principles, practices, methods, and techniques used in crime analysis.

Ability to recognize, identify, and document crime series and patterns.

Ability to collect, extrapolate, analyze, interpret, and document complex statistical data; properly develop and interpret tables, charts, and graphs.

Ability to interpret and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regula­tions pertaining to assigned programs and functions.

Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and complete records.

Ability to perform accurate mathematical computations.

Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision.

Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.

Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and data.

Ability to exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Supplemental Information


In accordance with Government Code Section 3100 - all City of Costa Mesa employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.


Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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New employees contribute 12% of their salary on a pre-tax basis towards the 2%@60 or 2%@62 CalPERS retirement formula depending on eligibility. Effective July 2023, employeeswill contribute 9% of their salary on a pre-tax basis.

Salary Increases:
  • Effective July 2023: 3% increase
  • Effective July 2024: 3% increase

Employees receive the following health insurance flexible benefits contribution:
  • Effective January 2023: $1,550monthly
  • Effective January 2024: $1,600monthly
  • Effective January 2025: $1,650monthly

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions


Job Address

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