CRIME AND DATA ANALYST - BURLINGTON (VT) POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

The opportunity

The Burlington, Vermont Police Department is pleased to announce a vacancy for a crime and data analyst. Responsible for policing Vermont’s largest city, the department hosts one of the most transparent and innovative analytical operations of any urban police department, and especially ones of a smaller size. Our philosophy is that evidence-based policing, when coupled with transparency and engagement, reduces crime, fear and disorder while improving fairness and equity for all of Burlington’s communities, and does so without sacrificing police officers’ safety or job satisfaction. This vacancy presents a unique opportunity for a person with academic training and practical insights to sharpen his or her skills, and make a real contribution to innovation in American policing. The analyst will have the opportunity to serve and reside in one of the finest small cities in America, with an outstanding quality of life.

The work

The analyst works on the chief of police’s management team using his intent and frequent conferrals as guidance rather than relying on close supervision. He or she will be at the center of a fast-paced operational environment that requires balancing several of the city’s priorities:

Past work by analysts has offered critical insight into questions of local and national importance in policing. They include:

  • Analyses of Vermont and New England Medicare prescribing data to better understand the role of prescribing physicians in the spread of the opioid crisis in Vermont as compared to neighboring states.
  • A controlled study of accidents and traffic safety in an area of the city reengineered to calm speeds and make streets more conducive to cycling.
  • An in-depth look at the department’s use of force spanning several years and paying particular attention to disparities in use of force and outcomes by race.
  • A longitudinal study of the department’s recruiting and hiring practices with the goal of understanding where in the process various demographics are most likely to drop out or fail to meet standards.

Upcoming projects will include:

  • Analyzing sharp decreases in the number of police car stops in the city along with steady accident rates to make observations and draw conclusions about relationships between police traffic enforcement and resulting levels of traffic safety, in light of acknowledged racial disparities in many aspects of traffic enforcement.
  • Collaborating with the Washington, D.C.-based Police Foundation to design, administer and draw conclusions from a citywide survey of residents about the department, its officers, their performance, and their priorities.
  • Working closely with the Vermont State Police, Vermont Intelligence Center and the state’s office of public safety to improve coordination and collaboration on crime matters between the state and the Burlington Police, as well as statewide, generally.
  • Improvements to the department’s records management system.

Routine duties will include:

  • Working alongside the city’s opioid data analyst and opioid policy coordinator to prepare for recurring CommunityStat meetings, and to design and evaluate appropriate opioid crisis response strategies.
  • Preparing for biweekly SubStat meetings.
  • Preparing periodic crime analyses and materials for citywide distribution.
  • Conferring with detective investigators and uniformed personnel in the identification of and response to crime trends and patterns, as well as strategies in specific investigations.
  • Managing and enhancing the department’s transparency portal.
  • Briefing the mayor and his staff both formally as part of periodic BTVstat meetings and informally as part of the ongoing process of public administration.
  • Selecting and supervising interns.
  • Making presentations to members of the public and elected officials.
  • Other duties as required.

Opportunities may include:

  • Travelling to regional and national conferences for analysts and police leaders.
  • Presenting on your work places like the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • Using police data sets and issues as subject matter for studies towards advanced degrees and for the authorship of scholarly and popular articles.
  • Receiving continuing education in topics such as programming languages and techniques of analysis.
  • Obtaining a federal SECRET-level security clearance as needed for collaborative work with Vermont state government agencies and other stakeholders.

Past analysts have gone on to positions of increasing responsibility in places like the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the New York City Police Department. The Burlington Police Department asks that analysts anticipate serving the city for a period of at least two years.

The analyst

The successful analyst will typically have both graduate-level and practical experience in statistical/econometric methods. This is an excellent opportunity for a doctoral candidate in the final stages of study to gain work experience while completing a dissertation. Competitive applications will typically have a master's degree or greater in criminal justice, public policy, public administration, informatics, statistics, mathematics or another relevant field. A bachelor’s degree in one of these fields and four years or more of relevant experience will be considered.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience with and/or extensive coursework in data collection, spatial and statistical analyses, visualization and presentations required.
  • Progressively responsible prior work experience with data collection, analysis, visualization and presentation in a policing or criminal justice environment with multiple stakeholders, data sources and types of data id preferred.
  • Excellent proficiency in a wide range commonly-used statistical tools and databases such as SPSS, SAS, Access, SQL, etc.
  • Demonstrated expertise in eliciting and managing the collaborative participation of various stakeholders in a data-driven environment.
  • Fluency in HTML and Ruby on Rails is highly desirable; fluency in Python will be useful.
  • Ability to actively support city diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing training and professional development.
  • Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions.
  • Ability to understand and comply with city standards, safety rules and personnel policies.

The city

Burlington is ranked among the top cities to live in America by many measures. It is renowned for being a small but genuinely urban city with immediate access to water, mountains and all-season sports and cultural opportunities. It continues to distinguish itself as one of the premiere places in the city to live and work:

In order to receive the official posting of this vacancy, which will include application requirements, finalized salary range, etc., please email Brion Houston, assistant to the Chief of Police, at BHouston@BPDVT.org.

In order to express interest and receive instructions in how to apply online, please contact Deputy Chief Janine Wright, Chief of Administration, at jwright@bpdvt.org, with the phrase “Crime and Data Analyst position” in the subject line.

The City of Burlington will not tolerate unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status or genetic information. The City is also committed to providing proper access to services, facilities, and employment opportunities.

WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. EOE

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

SALARY: $59,283.00 - $66,137.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 08/21/17
FLSA: Exempt
UNION: Non-Union
GRADE: NU Grade 19
POSITION
STATUS: Regular Full Time