Tactical intelligence analysts, who are embedded with front-line police officers and have helped solve some of WA’s most notorious cases — including the kidnapping of Cleo Smith — are among the jobs on offer in the force that do not require a police badge.
In the hours after the four-year-old was rescued almost a year ago to the day, the analysts who carried out the “painstaking job” of examining data to find the little girl were among the first people to be credited with her successful rescue.
WA Police is now recruiting more tactical intelligence analysts as well as several other unsworn police staff support positions, including data engineers, data analysts, data scientists and police assistance centre call takers.
About 3000 unsworn public servants support policing efforts in WA.
Principal tactical intelligence analyst Emma Moltran, who is also the officer-in-charge of intelligence recruitment and training, said while data analysts were not new to the force, tactical intelligence analysts were only introduced about 18 months ago.
Ms Moltran, an experienced former detective, said tactical intelligence analysts were embedded with major police squads investigating homicides, organised crime, drugs and firearm offences and child and sex abuse to solve crimes faster.
“Any major case they are involved in,” she said.
“We have changed their role somewhat in that they are researching to create actual intelligence for the front-line officers, so they can do things like attend out in the field, attend search warrants, and they can also support them in the office by researching via our systems and capabilities to locate and utilise our key principals of identify, locate and associate.
“(We are) moving away from doing protracted profiles and long intelligence reports and moving more towards shorter information reports that the police officers can act upon.”
Some of the data used can be requested from telecommunications companies, social media and a range of other sources.
Mr Dawson last year credited the work of intelligence analysts with helping to find Cleo after she was taken from a tent at the Blowholes, near Carnarvon, in October last year.
“The information acted on … starts out really small and quickly snowballs,” he said at the time.
“There were car movements, there were phone movements … the jigsaw fit the puzzle.
“But it took really good intelligence analysts and detectives and specialists to look at all that information, put it together and go, ‘You know what, that doesn’t seem right to me, I’ve been doing this a long time, and we’re going to act on it’. And that’s how we get results.”
It is understood tactical intelligence analysts were also used as part of the investigation following the assassination of Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin.
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