The NOPD is building up the ranks of its civilian workforce as it continues to work toward becoming a national leader in crime analysis and police data management.
This week, the Civil Service Commission approved the creation of a new classified Crime Analyst job series. The new positions will enable the department to enact data-driven strategies to fight crime. The Crime Analysts will report to the Director of Analytics in the Field Operations Bureau and be tasked with producing a number of analytical products, including intelligence briefings, situational awareness analysis, and strategic planning advice. Dedicated crime analysts allow the NOPD to expand its capacity to fight crime without taking commissioned officers off the street.
Earlier this year, the Commission approved a new Director of Analytics position to help the department more effectively manage response times and optimize deployment strategies. This position has enabled the NOPD to develop and implement new policies that have significantly increased operational efficiency. Importantly, the Director of Analytics has led the development of NOPD’s new MAX, or Management Analytics for Xcellence meetings, which are an innovative new approach to internal police department management. MAX meetings allow front-line supervisors, mid-level managers, and executive leadership to jointly review important management data and develop strategies to improve operations. MAX data is available to the public online at http://www.nopdnews.com/transparency/max/.
Funding for the new positions is included in the NOPD’s 2017 budget proposal. Superintendent Michael Harrison will present the budget proposal to the City Council on Friday (Oct. 28).