Police Analyst (Background Investigator)

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The application and supplemental questions are an integral part of the selection process and must be completed in full in order for you to be considered as a candidate. Please complete each section and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. DO NOT state "See resume" in lieu of answering. Unanswered questions, incomplete responses, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process.

About The Position
The Police Analyst (Background Investigator) is assigned to the Police Background Investigation and Recruitment Section. The Background Investigator is responsible for conducting background investigations on candidates applying for all police positions to include: sworn, civilian, interns, and volunteer positions. The Background Investigator performs professional level administrative duties based on assignment including but not limited to: background interviews and background investigations, research, data/statistical analysis, policy and procedure development, accreditation compliance, strategic planning, and process improvement.

PREFERRED: Preference will be given to those who have previous law enforcement investigation experience.

Selection Process
Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to participate in a selection process to include a panel interview and an assessment exercise. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include:
  • Fingerprinting
  • Drug Screening
  • Psychological Testing
  • Background Investigation to include Polygraph


Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution in Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related field, and
  • Two years of professional level administrative experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.
Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:

Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on division/department/service assignment.


Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following:
  • Conducts police employment background investigations and interviews in accordance with Arizona P.O.S.T. and Scottsdale Police Department rules and regulations.
  • Completes criminal history inquiries into federal, state and local data files.
  • Participates in activities and services related to Police Personnel areas including recruitment and selections; employment and other areas as required. Develops and analyzes information from formal interviews, as well as information derived and developed from law enforcement systems, public domain data bases, social media websites, etc.
  • Performs clerical duties including typing and filing, updating and maintaining security on sensitive files.
  • Performs program evaluation and organizational analysis; monitors procedures and methods; prepares reports on findings and recommends action; assists with project management expertise to coordinate and implement department- wide projects.
  • Ensures accuracy, consistency and clarity in policy and procedural manuals and compliance with accreditation standards.
  • Assists with collecting, organizing and filing accreditation documentation and in on-site reviews by accreditation assessors.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Lift and carry materials weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer, telephone, calculator, copy and fax machines requiring continuous and repetitive arm, hand and eye movement.
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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.