Exploring Crime Analysis: Essential Skills II

Course Language: English
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  • January 1-March 22, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
  • April 1-June 21, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
  • July 1-September 20, 2024
  • September 30-December 20, 2024

In this 12-week online course, students will work through the first half of the IACA book entitled “Exploring Crime Analysis.” The topics covered in this class include an overview of the fundamentals of crime analysis, understanding the criminal justice system, different law enforcement models, understanding criminal behavior, law enforcement data and crime analysis data sources, Internet resources, data integrity, qualitative analysis, interpreting crime data and statistics. The lessons will cover concepts, techniques, theories, and skills most useful to crime analysts.

Essential Skills I and II are independent of each other so can be taken in any order. You DO NOT have to take both classes, nor are these classes required for either LEAF or CLEA testing. The Essential Skills classes were specifically designed to help students prepare for the CLEA exam, but the material is an excellent foundation for all analysts, regardless of testing intentions.


This is a beginner course. No experience as an analyst is necessary.

Students should expect a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week to gain a passing grade. The course will be graded as a pass/fail. This is not a self-paced course; we will advance to each new topic week as a group. Students can login anytime to work as needed, there are no live sessions. Participation throughout the course is required for a passing grade. As a rule, bulk submissions of your work during the last week of class will not be accepted unless you have received prior authorization from the instructor. 

Invitations to the learning platform will be sent the week before class starts. For more information on how the 12-week online classes work, please see our FAQs page.

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