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Series established February 9, 1988
This series specification describes two classes used by the Department of Justice to provide coordination and leadership for public and private agencies throughout the State in programs of crime prevention and law enforcement-community relations. Incumbents in this series work closely with a wide variety of individuals and organizations involved in crime prevention activities. The range of contacts include State, county and municipal law enforcement agencies; educational institutions, including elementary and secondary schools; volunteers and organized community groups; governmental officials, and members of the business community.
Incumbents in this series perform field program liaison duties that include providing training, education, technical assistance, multimedia resources, and legislative consultation to local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies and a wide variety of private individuals and community organizations involved in research, education, training, narcotics control and adult and juvenile correctional activities; using varied and complex research and evaluation skills to identify and resolve crime prevention problems; developing program goals for crime prevention efforts; training law enforcement and local public agency personnel in crime prevention programming and activities; developing and producing multimedia training materials to increase public awareness regarding the reduction and prevention of crime; providing technical assistance to State and regional task forces, local governments and community organizations involved in crime prevention activities; developing community resources to support crime prevention efforts; consulting with management on crime prevention topics; researching and compiling statistical data for use by State, county and municipal law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and community groups; establishing special committees of consultants from other public agencies and community organizations to advise and assist in the development of crime prevention programs in specific areas; developing goals and organizational frameworks for community committees; coordinating the development and application of proposals for financial assistance grants by organizations involved in crime prevention activities; proposing, analyzing, and monitoring legislation related to crime prevention; maintaining continual review and evaluation of the effectiveness of crime prevention programs; acting as liaison between the Department's Crime Prevention Center and other agencies performing similar functions; responding to inquiries from the public and the media on the Department's Crime Prevention Program and activities; participating in educational/informational programs on crime prevention; making presentations and awards to community and civic organizations as a representative of the Attorney General; and preparing research papers and writing reports.
Entry into this series is from positions in or outside State service that provide community relations, crime prevention, community service, or research and evaluation experience in a law enforcement setting.
Incumbents in this class are specialists with statewide responsibility in a specific crime prevention and community relations program area. Persons assigned to positions in this class independently organize and conduct program activities within their assigned area of crime prevention and community relations and may coordinate the work of individuals and organizations involved in crime prevention activities. While an incumbent's duties may be concentrated in only one crime prevention program (i.e.,�school safety, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, rural crime, crime victims and personal safety, business crime, etc.), performance of assigned duties requires a knowledge of the full scope of crime prevention and community relations activities.
This is the full supervisory level. Incumbents typically supervise a small group (a minimum of 5) of Crime Prevention Specialists having statewide crime prevention program responsibility and develop overall program direction and guidance.
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college.
Experience: Three years as a peace officer performing duties related to crime prevention programs or community relations. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required education on a year-for-year basis.) or
Three years of experience at the journey level of responsibility performing research, evaluation, or program staff work in the research and development of crime prevention programs. (Graduate education in criminology, sociology, police science or the social sciences may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience on a year-for-year basis.)
Experience: One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Crime Prevention Specialist, Range B; or
Four years of experience as a peace officer performing duties related to crime prevention programs or community relations. At least one year of the required experience must have been in a supervisory capacity with the responsibility for development and implementation of programs. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for up to two years of the required education on a year-for-year basis.) or
Four years of experience within the last ten years performing duties related to research, development and implementation of programs targeting crime and delinquency prevention or community-law enforcement relations. At least one of the four years must have been served in a supervisory capacity. (Graduate education in criminology, sociology, police science, or the social sciences may be substituted for up to one year of the general experience on a year-for-year basis.)
Knowledge of: Basic principles and operation of criminal and civil law, the provision of constitutional rights, and the systems for criminal and civil justice; organization and functions of local and State Government; the organization and role of law enforcement and the community and the problems of communication between law enforcement and the community; causes, nature, and extent of crime, narcotics abuse, juvenile delinquency, civil disorders, and other crime-related behavior; organizational structures and the role of volunteer community and civil activity; policies and procedures of public and private organizations dealing with crime and delinquency, including police agencies, criminal and juvenile courts, youth and adult corrections agencies, probation departments and public and private treatment centers; the needs, problems and attitudes of disadvantaged people of all ages; techniques of effective conference leadership; techniques of program management; principles and practices of public administration, budgetary planning and control; governmental accounting and budgeting procedures; laws and regulations governing crime prevention programs partially or totally funded by the State or Federal Government; principles, practices and trends in crime prevention programs with particular reference to the appropriate area of specialization; and Federal and State laws and the policies and regulations of the Department of Justice Crime Prevention Program as they relate to the appropriate areas of specialization; and at the Crime Prevention Program Manager level knowledge of: the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives, a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Gain and maintain the respect, confidence and cooperation of a wide variety of public, private, and law enforcement officials and other persons contacted in the work; analyze complex information and problems and develop creative and effective solutions; present ideas and information effectively, both orally and in writing; understand and interact effectively with persons who live in impoverished or culturally deprived communities; organize, work with, and lead volunteer groups and community resource groups; grasp ideas and information quickly and accurately, and provide sound advice to others; create constructive programs in keeping with the goals of the organization; and at the Crime Prevention Program Supervisor level, supervise the work of a professional staff, and effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Crime Prevention Specialist
This criteria will be used to allocate incumbents to Alternate Range A or Range B.
Range A. This range shall apply to incumbents who do not meet the criteria for payment at Range B.
Range B. This range shall apply to incumbents who have satisfactorily completed either:
1. One year of experience as a Crime Prevention Specialist, Range A; or
2. Equivalent to graduation from college and either (a) four years of experience as a peace officer performing duties related to Crime Prevention Programs or community relations, at least one year of which must have been working in an assignment directly affiliated with the Department of Justice's Crime Prevention Program at a level of responsibility equivalent to Crime Prevention Specialist, Range A; or (b) four years of experience at the journey level of responsibility performing research, evaluation, program staff work in the research and development of Crime Prevention Programs, at least one year of which must have been working in an assignment directly affiliated with the Department of Justice's Crime Prevention Program at a level of responsibility equivalent to Crime Prevention Specialist, Range A.