Thank you for your interest in the Tempe Police Department’s Crime Analysis Internships. Two different types of internships are offered.
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Crime and Intelligence Center (CIC) Internship
CIC Internship Responsibilities:
Interns will assist the CIC by performing the following tasks, including:
• Using record management software to read police reports and street checks
• Using analysis software to identify crime trends, patterns, series, hot spots, and suspicious people and activity
• Recognizing similarities in offender description, modus operandi and target location
• Using mapping software to produce crime maps
• Interacting with patrol officers, detectives and other analysts to exchange information regarding ongoing crime trends
• Assisting in the creation of crime bulletins
CIC Interns will also have the chance to:
• Participate in ride-alongs with dispatch and patrol
• Attend meetings involving other crime analysts
• Interview a member of the Tempe Police Department
Internship applicants are expected to have a basic understanding of how to operate a computer. Some of the software that will be utilized for analysis includes:
• Microsoft Office – in particular Outlook, Word and Excel
• ArcGIS mapping software
• ATAC (Automated Tactical Analysis of Crime) – our database for analysis of crime reports
Those interested in applying for the internship should be at least upper-division college student, with an educational background in Justice Studies, Criminal Justice, Sociology Political Science, GIS (Geographic Information System), or some other social science. Interns are expected to be available for at least fifteen (15) hours a week.
This is an unpaid internship; however, interns may receive college credit upon completion of the internship. The number of credits available, as well as the number of hours required, depends on your school. Please contact your academic advisor for more information on receiving credit for an internship.
All applicants are required to pass a background check and polygraph examination. There is a list of automatic and discretionary disqualifiers on the internship application. Applications may be mailed in or dropped off in the lobby at the following address:
Tempe Police Department
c/o Amanda Bunger
120 E 5TH St
Tempe, AZ 85281
For more information, please contact Amanda Bunger at Amanda_Bunger@tempe.gov or 480.350.8539.
Strategic Planning, Analysis & Research Center (SPARC) Internship
SPARC Internship Responsibilities:
Interns will assist SPARC by performing the following tasks, including:
• Use computer databases, electronic spreadsheets, desktop publishing, word processing, and statistical applications to manipulate, analyze, and present data.
• Use analysis software to enter, clean, and conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis of police data.
• Interact with patrol officers, detectives and other analysts to research criminal activity in Tempe.
• Use mapping software to produce crime maps.
• Assist in the creation of monthly bulletins and reports for Police Department dissemination.
SPARC Interns will gain proficiency in various computer applications including Microsoft Office Programs (including Excel, Word, and Outlook), SPSS, ArcGIS and other software programs specific to the Tempe Police Department. Additionally, this is an excellent opportunity to:
• Gain upper division internship or research credit hours
• Learn qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
• Obtain strategic and administrative crime analysis experience and skills
• Enhance your academic vita to impress graduate school and law school admission committees
• Enhance your employment resume to impress potential employers
• Develop a relationship with the Tempe Police Department
Interns are expected to be available for at least nine hours during a normal work week (i.e., between Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM). Applicants for this internship should have well developed analytical skills. It is preferred that applicants have a background in research and have taken undergraduate courses in research methods and statistics. Experience with GIS is a plus!
Interns may work for pay OR for internship credit upon completion. The number of credits available, as well as the number of hours required, depends on your school. Please contact your academic advisor for more information on receiving credit for an internship.Application Process
All applicants are required to pass a background check and polygraph examination. There is a list of automatic and discretionary disqualifiers on the internship application.
For more information, please contact Kristi Utter by email at email@example.com or by phone (480) 350-8303.