Crime and Intelligence Analysis Program

Certificate Program

This program introduces students to the field of crime analysis, including five steps in the data analysis process: data collection, collation, analysis, dissemination, and feedback/evaluation. Learners will be introduced to sources of criminal justice information and an understanding of how to collect general and specific crime data; create data tracking matrices; use data to determine the emergence of new crime problems; and prepare basic charts, graphs, and crime and intelligence analysis reports. Students will also learn techniques to properly communicate findings to law enforcement agencies.

The program is designed to develop a pool of qualified, knowledgeable, and skilled crime analysis interns and entry-level crime analyst candidates. Graduates will attain the ability to perform crime analyst job functions that meet the hiring needs of law enforcement agencies and public or private agencies.

Courses within this program meet law enforcement analyst training standards as established by the International Association of Crime Analysts and the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts. The curriculum integrates hands-on exercises, practical applications, and experiences that closely mimic law enforcement settings. It will provide students with a toolbox of strategies, skill sets, experiences, and sample products that will allow them to hit the ground running at an investigative agency. These include an introduction to standard law enforcement software programs that aid in crime-solving, linking crimes together, knowledge of criminal behavior, and problem-solving methods.

Classes are taught by a cadre of experienced crime analysts, supervising crime analysts, criminal justice professors, and other law enforcement professionals knowledgeable in the fields of crime analysis, policing, and criminology. The course will culminate with guidance to law enforcement agencies who receive crime analyst interns regarding proper mentoring of the intern.

  • New employees in the field of crime and intelligence analysis
  • Those who work in crime and intelligence analysis units
  • Law enforcement employees (both sworn and non-sworn) who want to leverage data
  • Anyone who wants to become a crime and intelligence analyst
  • Those interested in entering law enforcement
  • How to articulate and demonstrate the necessary skill set and job functions as an entry-level employee or intern in a crime analysis or investigative support unit