A Policy Advisor job is available with the City of Fort Worth – Office of the Police Oversight Monitor (OPOM). OPOM is looking for a collaborative and innovative Policy Advisor who will perform a wide range of policy analyses, research, writing and data analyses and reviews at the forefront of contemporary criminal justice reform initiatives. The OPOM provides civilian oversight of the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD).
OPOM has been tasked with promoting public confidence in the professionalism and accountability of the sworn staff of the FWPD, and it is accomplished by independent review and monitor of citizen complaint investigations and use of force incidents; recommended changes to departmental policy, procedures, and practices; audits of departmental practices including data review and analyses; collaboration with the FWPD on problem-solving efforts to address root causes after the identification of patterns; mediation efforts; and conducting on-going community-police engagement outreaches as well as dissemination of information regarding OPOM and its activities including periodic reporting. These responsibilities are key to reduce incidents of alleged police misconduct, and ultimately, improve relationships between the community and FWPD. OPOM is also tasked with providing a recommendation to the City Administration and City Council on a community oversight model.
The Policy Advisor job responsibilities include:
- Drafts and monitors operational objectives or procedures and recommends/drafts modifications and/or other solutions by analyzing operational issues and/or addressing management concerns.
- Drafts informed opinions to management on courses of action based on specialized knowledge.
- Provides assistance interpreting, communicating and implementing agency policy and procedural changes.
- Assists staff in adapting to new policies and practices, modifications and/or other solutions.
- Maintains knowledge of the FWPD General Orders, Standard Operating Procedures, Tactical Guides, Training Bulletins and best practices in policing and police operations.
- Maintains awareness and knowledge of local, state, and federal legislation, ordinances, and agreements that affect law enforcement operations and practices.
- Participates in special projects of minimal complexity including research of local, state, and federal legislation, ordinances, and agreements that affect law enforcement operations and practices.
- Researches policies on promising law enforcement practices and works as a part of a team in assisting with policy analysis that is informed by a review of those practices and customs of law enforcement.
- Processes complaints/commendations and compiles data for the office related to complaints/commendation, contacts, inquiries, uses of force and critical incidents reviewed. This includes demographic data for involved individuals.
- Collects and conducts basic analysis of data to identify and plot trends and themes in law enforcement practices.
- Prepares profiles of areas being studied; maps processes and work flows; and identifies problem/opportunity areas.
- Conducts basic analysis of data collected by the Office to identify trends and themes in law enforcement practices.
- Organizes data collected by the Office.
- Drafts periodic reports on the data analysis conducted. These reports may include tables, charts, and graphs depicting the data analysis.
- Drafts written work products, including policy briefs, research memoranda and presentations that clearly describe complex analyses and policy recommendations.
- Collaborates with diverse communities in effective community-police problem solving.
- Effectively and consistently communicates about OPOM as well as its bodies of work to internal and external stakeholders.
- Accesses and analyzes policing information, forecast trends by using related software in order to prepare reports, summaries and studies.
- Conducts and prepares analyses of policing information, data and reports to furnish statistical data.
- Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Public Administration, Finance, Business Administration, or related field and no experience required. An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the position will be considered.
- Understanding of the City of Fort Worth’s ethnic and socio-economic diversity, and experience working with and valuing the perspectives of diverse groups and individuals.
- Commitment to social justice equity.
- Excellent time management and analytical skills.
- Experienced with analytical research and writing, offering conclusions and recommendations.
- Experienced with data analysis and benchmark analysis.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (creating formulas and linking worksheets; creating, modifying and presenting; conveying critical information; and tracking information).
- Experienced with preparing educational materials and presentations and conducting public engagements.
- Experienced with database management.
- Highly motivated team player who while proficient at project management is able to multi-task, work independently and with a proactive work attitude.