Monday, February 1, 2016

Summer and Fall Internships with HCPD Crime Analysis, Criminal Intelligence and Gang Section

The Howard County Police Department (HCPD), Crime Analysis, Criminal Intelligence and Gang Section, is currently soliciting expressions of interest for Volunteer Internships, from students enrolled in local criminal justice and/or related programs. The available unpaid positions are for the upcoming 2016 summer and fall semesters. 

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 personnel contacts within the law enforcement community.

One position will be offered for, both, the 2016 summer and fall semesters. It is anticipated that the response to this solicitation will be great, resulting in an extremely competitive selection process. A number of past participants in our internship program have used the opportunity to secure post-graduation jobs in the criminal justice community as both sworn and non-sworn personnel. 

Due to the sometimes lengthy process involved in completing required background investigations for candidates, it is imperative that we complete the screening process quickly. Interested current undergraduate students should submit, both, a cover letter and current resume to Mr. Skip Baylor—via email (—no later than Friday, March 11, 2016.  After the resumes are received and reviewed, selected candidates will be invited to participate in an in-person interview. Once the interview process is completed, the names of the top candidates will be advanced to our Office of Human Resources for the completion of a required background investigation. A final offer will not be made until the candidate has successfully completed the background investigation.