An array of dynamic opportunities for RCMP intelligence analysts

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2021-01-07 11:52 PST

There are a myriad of career opportunities available at the RCMP for any background. The diversity of job opportunities and the interplay between various roles – police officers and civilians - make an organization such as the RCMP successful.
Intelligence analysts play a dynamic role within the RCMP. Analysts research, collate, evaluate, and analyze information from a variety of sources to develop intelligence products that assist police officers, management, and other stakeholders in decision making, and provide guidance and recommendations to further intelligence and criminal investigations.

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According to one detachment crime analyst, every day is different. We work in a fast-paced environment that requires us to stay educated on concerns like provincial/global affairs, crime trends, technological advances and the latest communication methods. We are frequently called upon to provide opinion on crime trends and to provide operational, strategic and tactical recommendations. We provide analytical support to all ranks at the detachment level. This support ranges from statistical reports such as crime trends and Compstat for Senior Management, as well as crime series analysis, officer awareness/safety bulletins, and general assistance to General Duty officers.

The role of intelligence at the RCMP is to inform enforcement operations and to guide police decision-making on priorities. RCMP analysts specialize in crime, intelligence, or open source analysis, and they are responsible for tactical, operational, and strategic analysis. This work requires specialized knowledge in conducting research and making recommendations to police managers.

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For an intelligence analyst who provides support to Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) Major Projects teams, there are opportunities to work on Transnational Organized Crime and international drug trafficking investigations. These types of files present unique and challenging opportunities, and require regular meetings and strategy sessions with other domestic partners and international policing agencies such as the FBI, DEA, HSI, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. I have had the opportunity to spearhead intelligence probes, create and maintain relationships with a variety of analysts both domestically and internationally, present to international delegations, and get entrenched in operational analysis within major drug investigations.

An intelligence analyst with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) was given a unique opportunity to leverage their Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG) knowledge and expertise in new and creative ways. In 2019, I was the first civilian analyst in Canada to be qualified in court as an expert witness on the subject of outlaw motorcycle gangs. It has been noted that analysts in the BC RCMP have typically been called upon to testify on tactical analytical products created in support of major crime investigations. My qualification has opened the doors for other OMG analysts across Canada who have not had an opportunity to be considered candidates for court testimony. Following this achievement, I spearheaded and currently co-chair a national analytical working group aimed at enhancing the professional development of OMG analysts as expert witnesses across Canada.

To be successful as an analyst with the RCMP, a person should possess a strong attention to detail, the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, possess knowledge of relevant computer office applications and software, and the ability to employ independent judgement in designing and implementing research methodologies. He or she should be able to identify and communicate opportunities for improvement, best practices and trends, whether it be from a federal, provincial, or local detachment perspective.

Please contact if you are interested in further information on a career with the BC RCMP Criminal Analysis Program.

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