Research Analyst (FT)
Durham Regional Police Service
Durham Region, ON

Research Analyst (FT)

Branch and Unit

Administrative Support / Strategy, Research and Organizational Performance / Analytics and Organizational Performance

Employment Type

This is a full-time, regular position.


Vacancies: 1

Tentative Start Date: November 2019

Civilian Posting

Reporting to the Manager –Analytics and Organizational Performance, the Research Analyst is responsible for providing analysis to support decision making at both the operational and executive level of the DRPS.


  • Conduct research to inform operations, decision-making, policy development, and strategy
  • Analyze internal and external data to identify trends, inform business decisions, and support evidence based policing
  • Write briefing notes and reports to summarize research and analysis findings in a manner that supports ease of understanding for a wide audience
  • Prepare statistical reports and information required for municipal, provincial, and federal initiatives such as grants, Statistic Canada's Police Resources Survey, Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, and the Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada reports
  • Prepare background studies / literature reviews of topics that impact policing to inform current and future decisions
  • Maintain current knowledge of provincial policy related to policing (e.g. legislative changes, Police Services Act, Police Standards Manual guidelines, etc.)
  • Maintain current knowledge of municipal/regional public policy initiatives regarding community safety and policing
  • Design and administer internal and external surveys; analyze and report on the resulting data
  • Prepare and update the environmental scan by providing a synopsis of historical crime trends, research on emerging crime trends, population forecasts, and major developments in the region that will affect the delivery of police service
  • Assist in the preparation of reports to the Police Service Board
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships and networks with members within the Service, stakeholders outside the Service and members of other police services
  • Maintain current knowledge of statistical data from external sources (e.g. Census data, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics data) and Regional Municipality of Durham statistics and projections
  • Other duties, projects, as assigned (individual or group responsibilities)


  • University degree in a relevant program of study covering research methodology, reasoning and analytical skills, and the analysis and interpretation of data, policy and statistics, such as Social Science, Science or Statistics, preferably at the Masters level
  • Minimum 1 years' previous work experience with such activities as undertaking in-depth statistical/trend analysis, writing executive/operational briefing notes, preparing summaries of research findings, designing and analyzing surveys, working with databases, responding to information requests, and developing internal and external relationships to support research objectives
  • Advanced skills with corporate software (MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Demonstrated use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Proficiency and adaptability in the use of statistical software (e.g. SPSS, R, etc.)
  • Data analytics skills (ie. querying, extracting, transforming data)
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to quickly write clear and concise briefing notes and research summaries
  • Proven exemplary communication skills (written, oral and listening and comprehension) including written and oral presentations on research findings and related recommendations
  • Demonstrated excellent networking and interpersonal skills, with proven ability to interact with a broad spectrum of stakeholders diplomatically, tactfully, and confidentially
  • Proficiency in synthesizing complex concepts and information from a variety of sources
  • Organization and time management skills to prioritize and manage the volume of research studies / briefing topics, and provide support to multiple Unit and / or Service-wide projects, sensitive to timelines
  • Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Proven record of exercising good judgment and delivering results
  • Attention to detail is essential
  • Experience using a programming language such as Python or R, to support data analysis will be considered an asset


Monday to Friday / Day Shift (may occasionally require flexibility in hours or overtime)

Salary Level

This is a Level 7 position ($81,185) based on the 2019 Collective Agreement. The salary range is outlined below:

Year 2 - $82,912

Year 3 - $86,367


As part of the selection for this position, qualifications and skills listed in the posting will be assessed to measure the suitability of all applicants. Assessments may include, but not be limited to: resume review, skills assessment(s),interview(s), medical assessment, psychological assessment, functional abilities testing and/or background investigation.

Note: If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please advise the Human resources contact on the posting. Appropriate assistance will be provided pursuant to the Service's Accessibility directive.

How to Apply

For direct consideration, applicants must apply online by uploading a cover letter, resume, and certificate proving required education/training. Scan all required documents as one (1) pdf.file and upload when resume is requested.

Human Resources is unable to accept e-mail, FAX, or in-person applications.

Durham Regional Police is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected will be contacted.

Applications for the above position will be accepted until 1600 hours on the closing date of this posting.

**Please apply to this position through the career section on our website ( Only applicants who apply via our website will be considered**

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $81,185.00 /year