Crime Mapping I: GIS Fundamentals

Course Language: English
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  • January 6-March 28, 2025
  • April 7-June 27, 2025
  • July 7-September 26, 2025
  • October 6-December 26, 2025
Description & Computer Requirements

Crime mapping has become a fundamental skill for crime and intelligence analysts to learn and integrate into daily routines. But what are the most important skills for an analyst to learn in such a large field as Geographic Information Systems? This course will provide training on foundational concepts applying GIS to crime and intelligence analysis. Relevant concepts of crime mapping fundamentals will allow students to focus on applicable tools and techniques for law enforcement. Students will learn how to create a map, add datasets on a map, query, and filter data, and perform spatial analytical techniques to guide agencies into using data-driven decision-making in their agencies. The lessons will enable you to make GIS a part of your everyday analytical practice. As part of your registration, you will be provided a license to ArcGIS Pro for the duration of the class + 6 weeks (for a total of 18 weeks). 

By the end of the course, students should be able to achieve the following goals:

  • Explain basic concepts of GIS
  • Prepare data for mapping and spatial analysis
  • Interpret spatial analysis results
  • Use GIS to provide data-driven recommendations to decision makers

This course uses Esri’s ArcGIS Pro and the Crime Analysis solution. You must meet the following criteria to register for this course:

  1. Your computer must have the minimum requirements for ArcGIS Pro to work on your computer as detailed at the following link: Note: Your computer must be a Windows computer, no Macs.
  2. You must be able to have the rights to download executables to your computer. If you do not, you need to be sure you can get an IT administrator to help you during Week 1 within a reasonable time frame so that you do not get behind in the course.
  3. If you already have ArcGIS Pro installed on your computer, it must be the latest version.

You will be asked to verify these requirements for class during your initial registration. Once your computer verification is complete, we will provide you with an invoice to complete payment. 


This is an intermediate course. Students should have the following skills:

  • Familiarity with crime analysis fundamental skills
  • Understanding of how to use basic crime analysis computer applications (File Explorer, Zip files, Excel, etc.)
  • Experience with producing analytical products that support departmental or Compstat-like operations

If you do not meet these requirements, it is recommended to enroll in Essential Skills I and II offered by the IACA first.

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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