12-week Online classes

All 12-week classes are structured the same and cost $395 for members and $445 for non-members. (PRICING INCREASE Starting July 1st: Member price will be $445 and non-member $520. All registrations, even if you choose "pay later," made before July 1st will lock in the lower price.Students should expect a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week, per class to gain a pass gradeAll courses will be graded as a pass/fail but it is entirely dependent on your participation. They are not self-paced; each class will advance as a group. Students can login anytime to work as needed. We will use a variety of ways to allow for student participation and interaction. Please read our online FAQs page for more details on the structure and format.

Passing students are awarded a certificate or 60 hours of Continuing Education credits, depending on membership status (although members can request a certificate in addition to CEUs). For more about the CEUs, please read our training FAQs page. Payment must be received by the IACA in order to receive proof-of-training and it will be withheld until the payment is received.

If you're not sure which class would be the best fit for you or where to start, check out our new training roadmap!

If a class does not show up on the registration form, it is sold out. You can email us at [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.

Check each class for the specific quarters it will be offered. Most classes are offered once per quarter, but a few are only available at specific times.

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Administrative & Strategic Analysis Essential Skills I
Advanced Analytical Methods for MS Office Essential Skills II
Career Preparation: Bridging the Gap Fundamentals of Crime Analysis
Crime Analysis for Small Jurisdictions Pattern Analysis for Law Enforcement Analysts
Crime Analysis for Supervisors Problem Analysis
Crime Mapping I: GIS Fundamentals Reducing Local Crime with Risk Terrain Modeling
Criminal Investigative Analysis Serial Offenders: Analysis & Investigation

 

Course

Administrative and Strategic Analysis

Language English
Instructor Angela Backer-Hines
Difficulty Level / Intended Audience Intermediate. Students are suggested to have a basic understanding of analytical skills and/or 2-3 years of experience.
Description

Administrative and Strategic Analysis is a 12-week online course that focuses on the administrative and strategic aspects of crime analysis. These types of crime analyses can be used to leverage law enforcement information into administrative decision-making processes and long-term operational strategies.

Click here for the full class description and outline

There is no external textbook required for this class.

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

Advanced Analytical Methods for Microsoft Office

Language English
Instructor Jennifer Zawitz
Difficulty Level / Intended Audience

Intermediate. Students are suggested to have a basic understanding of analytical skills and/or 2-3 years of experience. Students must already have a working knowledge of Excel (PivotTables and basic formula knowledge are a must), PowerPoint, and Word.  Some Access and statistical knowledge is a plus.

Description

Microsoft Office Suite has remained the go to set of tools for most police agencies.  Most in the analyst community are familiar with the tools in some form or fashion.  This 12-week course offers an advanced study of Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and general statistics.  Learn to build your own clean Access databases, create charts, maps, and timelines in Excel, record videos in PowerPoint, and create bolder bulletins in Word.  Statistics used daily by analysts will be simplified and enhanced with formulas in Excel.  Use the tools you already have at your disposal before begging for more budget!

Impress your bosses and wow your coworkers with your Microsoft magic!

Click here for the full class description and outline

There is no external textbook required for this class. 

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

Career Preparation: Bridging the Gap - Everything Up to Day One

Language

English

Instructor

Mindy Duong

Difficulty Level / Intended Audience

Beginner. No experience as an analyst is necessary.

Description

There are things you will learn in school, and then there will be things you will learn on the job, but what about everything else in between? What do you do after graduation? How do you even find a job? What is a portfolio, let alone what goes into one? In this 12-weeks hands-on course, we will bridge the gap between the classroom and the field to prepare you for that first day on the job. By the end of this course, you should have a cover letter, resume, and products you can use for a portfolio; you’ll also walk away with an enhanced knowledge of the job search and application process in addition to tools to continue your career journey. The target audience for this course are students, aspiring analysts, and those looking to change careers.

Optional textbook: Exploring Crime Analysis: Readings on Essential Skills. 3rd Edition (2017) ISBN: 978-1977937186
     Sessions
    • July 1-September 20, 2024
    • September 30-December 20, 2024
     
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    Course

    Crime Analysis for Small Jurisdictions

    Language English
    Instructor Angela Backer-Hines
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience Beginner. No experience as an analyst is necessary.
    Description

    This is a 12-week online course designed to introduce Crime Analysis to new and aspiring analysts and provide an understanding of its application within smaller jurisdictions and with limited time/staffing. Students will learn how to establish themselves within the department, what types of requests and responsibilities a lone analyst will encounter, and how to become the ‘go-to’ person for your officers. This class will focus on jurisdictions where the analysis is being conducted by a police officer or records staff member (in addition to his/her regular duties), a commander, a new analyst or part-time analyst in a jurisdiction with less than 125 officers. The class content will include presentations and discussions on types of analysis, basic analytical concepts and techniques, routine analytical production using common software programs, and how to manage your time.

    Click here for the full class description and outline

    There is no external textbook required for this class. 

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

    Crime Analysis for Supervisors: Optimizing Analytical Function in Policing

    Language  English
    Instructor Dawn Reeby
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience Advanced. Students are suggested to have 3+ years of experience.
    Description

    This 12-week course is intended for managers and individuals of analytical units seeking to develop and improve the sustainability, professionalism, utilization, and legacy of their analytical capacities. The purpose is to aid law enforcement agencies in effectively designing and implementing a long-term data-driven infrastructure that professionalizes analytical efforts and exceptionally serves the agency and community. This course provides various strategies and tools to build an agency’s analytical capacity and legacy in a way that nurtures, grows, and retains quality analytical function and purpose.

    Student Testimonial: “…it has been tough for me, as a new supervisor, to come up with my own ideas for making any changes or improvements to our unit and connecting more with my team. Dawn’s class really made me look at EVERYTHING we do and identify even small changes that could make what we do more impactful. Her class also taught me to start asking the why and look for the purpose; and her class forced me to create timelines for projects I really have not been able to complete. Even if an agency has a great unit, new analysts and new or up and coming analyst supervisors will absolutely benefit from this training. Dawn puts a lot of time into providing feedback to her students and asks questions that made me look at things differently and more in detail to improve on things I thought didn’t need to be changed.”   Tanya DePalmo, Crime Analysis Unit Supervisor (Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando, FL)

    Click here for the full class description and outline

    Required textbook: Building a Crime Analysis Legacy, Dawn Reeby. ISBN 979-8986417301

    Sessions
    • April 1-June 21, 2024
    • July 1-September 20, 2024
     
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    Course

    Crime Mapping I: GIS Fundamentals

    Language English
    Instructor Stacy Belledin
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience

    Intermediate. Students are suggested to have a basic understanding of analytical skills, use of basic crime analysis computer applications, and experience with producing analytical products. There are required computer specs in order to run ArcGIS Pro.

    Description

    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. Your computer must meet specific criteria to register for this course.

    Click here for the full class description and computer requirements.

    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. 

    Sessions
    • January 1-March 22, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • April 1-June 21, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • July 1-September 20, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • September 30-December 20, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • January 6-March 28, 2025
    • April 7-June 27, 2025
    • July 7-September 26, 2025
    • October 6-December 26, 2025
     
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    Course

    Criminal Investigative Analysis

    Language English 
    Instructor Gwen Udell
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience Intermediate. Students are suggested to have a basic understanding of analytical skills and/or 2-3 years of experience.
    Description

    The objective of this course is to gain an understanding of criminal investigative analysis/criminal profiling. This course will examine factors that influence serious violent criminals and their behavior. Throughout this course students will learn the history and methods of criminal investigative analysis/criminal profiling, how to analyze crime scenes for offender behaviors and characteristics utilizing critical thinking, science ad logical reasoning. Students will examine various case studies each week focusing on MO/Signature, crime scene behaviors, and crime linkage. This 12-week course will focus on offender typologies, patterns and motives of criminals, offender profiles and the psychological make-up of serial violent offenders. 

    Click here for the full class description and outline

    Required textbook: Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues, Third Edition, Wayne Petherick. ISBN: 978-1-45-573174-9

    Sessions
    • January 1-March 22, 2024
    • April 1-June 21, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • July 1-September 20, 2024 (5 seats left)
    • September 30-December 20, 2024
     
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    Course

    Exploring Crime Analysis: Essential Skills I

    Language English
    Instructor Jennifer Zawitz
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience  Beginner. No experience as an analyst is necessary.
    Description

    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.

    Click here for the full class description and outline

    Required textbook: Exploring Crime Analysis: Readings on Essential Skills. 3rd Edition (2017) ISBN: 978-1977937186

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

    Exploring Crime Analysis: Essential Skills II

    Language

    English

    Instructor

    Sally Rawlings

    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience  Beginner. No experience as an analyst is necessary.
    Description

    In this 12-week online course, students will work through the second half of the IACA book entitled “Exploring Crime Analysis.” The topics covered in this class include spreadsheet operations, temporal analysis, intelligence analysis and charting, crime mapping, spatial analysis and forecasting, effective crime analysis writing and publications, applied crime series analysis and organized crime analysis. The lessons will cover concepts, techniques, theories and skills most useful to crime analysts. 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.

    Click here for the full class description and outline

    Required textbook: Exploring Crime Analysis: Readings on Essential Skills. 3rd Edition (2017) ISBN: 978-1977937186

    Sessions
    • January 1-March 22, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • April 1-June 21, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • July 1-September 20, 2024 (4 seats left)
    • September 30-December 20, 2024
     
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    Course

    Fundamentals of Crime Analysis

    Language English
    Instructor Gwen Udell
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience Beginner. This course is intended for brand new analysts or officers with little to no training, or executives charged with developing crime analysis programs, or self-taught journeyman analysts looking for formal training.
    Description

    The objective of this 12-week course is to expose students to a variety of analytical techniques utilized in law enforcement to describe and understand crime patterns, series, and trends as they occur. Throughout this course, students will examine concepts; theories, practices, data and analysis techniques associated with the field of crime analysis for law enforcement. Additional topics that will be covered include understanding criminal behavior, behavioral geography, linking crimes, forecasting, and predication. Throughout this class, we will use case studies to apply the knowledge. Students will be able to work a crime series from start to finish.

    Click here for the full class description and outline

    Required textbook: Crime Analysis with Crime Mapping. 5th Edition (2022) ISBN:978-1071831403 (Note: If you already own the 4th Edition (2017) ISBN: 978-1-5063-3103-4, you may use that version of the book, however, if you're buying one the instructor requests that you please purchase the 5th Edition.)

    Sessions
    • January 1-March 22, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • April 1-June 21, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • July 1-September 20, 2024 (SOLD OUT)
    • September 30-December 20, 2024
     
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    Curso

    Fundamentos de Análisis del crimen

    Idioma Español
    Nivel de dificultad / Audiencia prevista Principiante. Este curso está destinado a nuevos analistas o funcionarios con poca o ninguna capacitación, o ejecutivos encargados de desarrollar programas de análisis de delitos, o analistas oficiales autodidactas que buscan capacitación formal.
    Descripción

    El objetivo de este curso de 12 semanas es exponer a los estudiantes a una variedad de técnicas analíticas utilizadas en las organizaciones policiales para describir y comprender los patrones y tendencias del crimen a medida que ocurren. A lo largo de este curso, los estudiantes examinarán conceptos, teorías, prácticas, datos y técnicas de análisis asociadas con el campo del análisis del crimen para la policía. Los temas adicionales que se cubrirán incluyen la comprensión del comportamiento criminal, la geografía del comportamiento, la vinculación de los delitos, la previsión y la predicción. A lo largo de esta clase utilizaremos estudios de casos para aplicar los conocimientos. Los estudiantes serán capaces de trabajar una serie de crímenes de principio a fin

    No se requiere ningún libro de texto externo para esta clase.

    Sesiones
    Esta clase está disponible bajo demanda para grupos de 10 o más. Comuníquese con nosotros a [email protected] si desea programar esta clase para su organización.
    Course

    Pattern Analysis for Law Enforcement Analysts

    Language 
    English
    Instructor
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience
    Intermediate. Students are suggested to have 2-3 years of experience OR have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Crime Analysis course. You will need an understanding of basic crime analysis principles as well as a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel.
    Description 

    This training is dedicated to "Cracking the Code: Pattern Analysis for Law Enforcement Analysts," an intensive 12-week course designed exclusively for law enforcement analysts. This training will equip you with the advanced skills required to detect complex crime patterns and trends, transforming you into an analytical expert capable of tackling even the most challenging cases. 

    Course Highlights: 

    • Develop Proficiency in Pattern Analysis: Gain a thorough understanding of pattern analysis techniques and methodologies, utilizing advancing technologies and strategies to identify and analyze patterns in diverse law enforcement contexts.
    • Enhance Critical Thinking Abilities: Strengthen your critical thinking skills, including logical reasoning, interpretation of complex data, and effective problem-solving, applying them to draw well-informed conclusions from intricate information.
    • Apply Pattern Analysis in Various Domains: Explore and apply pattern analysis in behavioral, communication, financial, and cyber contexts, leveraging technological advancements to extract valuable insights for law enforcement investigations.
    • Foster Collaborative Analysis: Understand the significance of teamwork and effective communication, collaborating with investigators and stakeholders to provide valuable insights and optimize pattern analysis outcomes.
    • Address Ethical and Legal Considerations: Understand ethical issues and legal implications related to pattern analysis, using advancing technologies responsibly and lawfully throughout the course.
    • Analyze Complex Data Effectively: Develop the ability to handle sample datasets and ambiguous information, employing advanced analytical tools and strategies to extract meaningful patterns and draw evidence-based conclusions throughout the training.

    Click here for the full class description and outline

     There is no external textbook for this class.

    Sessions
    • July 1-September 20, 2024
    • September 30-December 20, 2024
     
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    Course

    Problem Analysis

    Language  English
    Instructor Stacy Belledin
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience Intermediate. Students are suggested to have a basic understanding of analytical skills and/or 2-3 years of experience.
    Description 

    In this 12-week course students will learn to examine long-term problems and how to recommend effective strategies to combat crime and disorder issues within their jurisdiction by applying criminology theory and research methods. The course focuses on the operational application of problem-oriented policing, including environmental criminology and situational crime prevention, through thoughtful directed discussions with colleagues. Utilizing the “Crime Analysis for Problem Solvers in 60 Small Steps” this course will help outline how analysts can contribute to proactively solving crime and disorder problems in their jurisdictions.

    This course assumes that the student knows basic crime analysis skills including:

    • Understand how to use various crime analysis computer applications and manipulate data
    • Identify hot spots and how to relate them to demographic and other data
    • Produce charts, graphs, and reports that support departmental or CompStat-like operations
    • Have basic knowledge of statistics and research methodology

    Click here for the full class description and outline

    There is no external textbook required for this class. 

    Sessions
    • April 1-June 21, 2024
    • September 30-December 20, 2024
     
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    Course

    Reducing Local Crime with Risk Terrain Modeling - in Collaboration with Simsi

    Language English
    Instructors Joel Caplan, Les Kennedy
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience Anyone. This is an introductory level course. No prior skills in Risk Terrain Modeling, crime analysis, or crime prevention are needed. No specialized hardware or software is required.
    Description

    This course relates urban design and management to crime and crime reduction. The course is presented through the lens of problem-oriented policing and situational crime prevention to reducing local crime. It shows how to utilize information gleaned from multiple data sources and Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) analytics. It emphasizes evidence-based decision-making, community engagement, efficient utilization of resources, transparency, and sustainability. This course provides a practical study of policies and programs that demonstrates how police and other local stakeholders can address crime vulnerabilities and exposures in the communities they serve through strategies that go beyond specific deterrence of offenders.

    This class is presented in collaboration with Simsi and is taught by Dr. Les Kennedy and Dr. Joel Caplan.

    Click here for the full description and outline

    There is no external textbook required for this class.

    Sessions
    • January 1-March 22, 2024
    • April 1-June 21, 2024
    • July 1-September 20, 2024
    • September 30-December 20, 2024
     
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    Course

    Serial Offenders: Analysis & Investigation

    Language English
    Instructor Gwen Udell
    Difficulty Level / Intended Audience Intermediate. Students are suggested to have a basic understanding of analytical skills and/or 2-3 years of experience.
    Description

    This course will examine the different types of serial offenders. Students will study the methods of case analysis and crime linkage. This course will examine factors that influence serious violent criminals and their behavior. Students will learn the investigative process as it applies to serial offenders by examining case linkage analysis, profiling serial offenders, and victimology. This course will focus specifically on serial murder, rape, arson, robbery, burglary and sex offenders. Case studies are used throughout the course to thoroughly examine the behavioral aspects of serial offenders, the aspects of serial crimes and the investigative process.

    Caveat:  The materials we will be covering contain graphic photos and disturbing content, which can be upsetting to some. This class covers some violent criminal cases in order for us to learn and analyze offender behavior. Please be advised about this material, as it can be disturbing. Please shield your screen from others.

    Click here for the full class description and outline

    Optional textbookSerial Crime: A Criminological and Psychological Analysis, Kevin Borgeson; Stephanie Vogel & Robin. Maria Valeri, 2nd Edition. Carolina Academic Press, 2024.  Print ISBN 9781531016906, 1531016901; eText ISBN 9781531016913, 153101691X (This book is entirely optional. It is not necessary to pass the class, but will enhance your learning!)

    Sessions
    • April 1-June 21, 2024
    • July 1-September 20, 2024
    • September 30-December 20, 2024
     
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