Problem Analysis

Course Language: English
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  • April 1-June 21, 2024
  • September 30-December 20, 2024

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


This is an intermediate level course. Students are suggested to have a basic understanding of analytical skills and/or 2-3 years of experience.

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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