Monday, September 9, 2013

Internship Opportunity: Howard County Police Department Crime Analysis

The Howard County Police Department (HCPD), Crime Analysis, Criminal Intelligence and Gang Section, is currently soliciting expressions of interest from students enrolled in local criminal justice programs. The available unpaid positions are for the upcoming spring and summer semesters. Their specialized and focused internship program was implemented 2 years ago and has proven to be a highly successful partnership between our workgroup and interested criminal justice students.

Due to the sometimes lengthy process involved in completing required background investigations for candidates, it is imperative that we complete the screening process as quickly as possible. Accordingly, the deadline for submitting resumes is Friday, September 20, 2013, no later than 5:00 p.m.  Once the resumes are received and reviewed, selected candidates will be invited to participate in an in-person interview. The final selection of candidates will be based on the quality of the interview.  

A copy of the HCPD Crime Analysis Intern Flyer is provided after the jump. Interested students should forward a cover letter expressing their interest, along with a current resume,  to  Mr. Skip Baylor, via email ( Please feel free to contact Mr. Baylor directly should they have questions relating to this opportunity. Thanks so much for your assistance.

  • Provide supplemental human resources to assist the HCPD crime analysts with routine and specialized tasks to include:
  • reading and reviewing crime reports, Field Incident Reports,  and other crime-related documents;
  • data entry, reconciliation, validations and performing queries of data stored within assorted law enforcement repositories;
  • development of assorted work-related products such as reports, maps, and charts;
  • creation of products for  bi-weekly and ad-hoc command staff meetings and briefings; and
  • performing routine administrative functions as assigned.

  • Undergraduate students, in good academic standing, are preferred. Analytical skills are desired; thus, students enrolled in academic courses designed to develop such skills are encouraged to apply. Suitable candidates will be able to:
  • pass a background investigation;
  • demonstrate acceptable typing/keyboard skills;
  • follow simple and complex instructions relating to work assignments;
  • demonstrate some proficiency with MS Office software such as Excel, Powerpoint, Word and Access;
  • exhibit attention to detail; and
  • communicate clearly, both in writing and orally.
Interns are expected to:
  • participate in the program for an entire semester;
  • work a minimum of 16 hours per week;
  • maintain regular and punctual attendance; and
  • participate in bi-weekly assessments.

Upon completion of the Internship Program, the student will:
  • understand the functions and responsibilities of a crime analysis workgroup and its relationship to law enforcement crime suppression efforts, to include crime pattern/series identification methodology;
  •   better understand criminal justice policies, procedures and practices;
  • recognize and understand the functions of various crime-related reports and documents;
  • possess a working knowledge of the Automated Tactical Analysis of Crime (ATAC) software;
  •  better understand the spatial relationship of crime incidents through their work with GIS software;
  • retain samples of assignments completed during the semester; and
  • have developed a network of personal contacts within the law enforcement community.  

Interested students should contact:
Mr. Skip Baylor, Analyst - Crime Analysis, Criminal Intelligence and Gang Section
(410) 313-3683 or