Tactical Series Webinars

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  • Most sessions are on the 2nd Thursday at 1400 Eastern, but there are a couple that deviate so please verify dates/times for each session!

Date/Time Topic Instructor Jump to:
Jan 11th @ 1300 ET Introduction to Tactical Crime Analysis Jennifer Zawitz Description
Feb 8th @ 1400 ET Data Management Christopher Bruce Description
Mar 7th @ 1400 ET Identifying Crime Patterns and Series Christopher Bruce Description
Apr 11th @ 1400 ET Overview of Pattern Analysis 1 Dawn Reeby Description
May 9th @ 1400 ET Overview of Pattern Analysis 2 Dawn Reeby Description
Jun 13th @ 1400 ET Introduction to Forecasting Christopher Bruce Description
Jul 11th @ 1400 ET Temporal Analysis and Forecasting Angela Backer-Hines Description
Aug 8th @ 1400 ET Spatial Analysis and Forecasting Angela Backer-Hines Description
Sep 12th @ 1400 ET Criminal Behavior and Tactical Profiling Christopher Bruce Description
Oct 10th @ 1300 ET Tactical Products and Dissemination Jennifer Zawitz Description
Nov 14th @ 1400 ET Effective Responses Christopher Bruce Description
Dec 12th @ 1300 ET After the Arrest: Interrogation, Documentation, Prosecution, Evaluation Jennifer Zawitz Description

Tactical crime analysis is a crucial element in modern policing, providing police with the tools and methodologies necessary to effectively combat crime. It's a frequent, action-oriented process meant to serve the immediate needs of the agency.

This webinar series will walk you through the entire tactical analysis process: from identifying a series, forecasting, tactical products, effective responses, all the way to post-arrest considerations. Instructors will provide real world examples and demonstrate techniques.

Class materials for each session will be added below as the series progresses.

  • January-Introduction to Tactical Crime Analysis (Jennifer Zawitz)
    • Kick off your 2024 the right way with an introduction to the Tactical Crime Analysis series with IACA! In this first session, you will receive a general overview of tactical crime analysis, along with an introduction to terms, concepts, and theories that will be used throughout the course. We will also cover the tactical analysis process and how tactical analysts fit into various agencies. Real world examples will be used. Keep the celebration going as we prepare you for the upcoming year of great analytical instruction! 
    • Presentation available here
  • February-Data Management (Christopher Bruce)
    • The process of identifying and analyzing patterns becomes faster, more comprehensive, and more accurate if analysts have regular access to complete, accurate, and timely databases on which they can flexibly perform queries and export the data for use in other applications. Getting to this enviable position is not easy. It involves creating regular processes to access, import, clean, and supplement data in the police CAD and records management systems—and not all of these processes can be automated. This webinar gives analysts the knowledge they need to design a data management strategy for themselves, covering related concepts such as relational databases, database design, ODBC, OData, and data cleaning.
    • Presentation available here 
  • March-Identifying Crime Patterns and Series (Christopher Bruce)
    • Good tactical analysis demands that analysts identify patterns as early as possible in their existence—on the second incident where the commonalities are strong enough—so that the agency can take quick action to quash them. This webinar covers five major mechanisms for such identification: report review and comparison, automated factor matching, threshold analysis, geographic identification, and intelligence-based identification. Supplemental exercises provided after the class will help analysts operationalize these methods in their own agencies.
  • April-Overview of Pattern Analysis 1 (Dawn Reeby)
    • Elevate your investigative expertise as we delve into the art of answering the fundamental questions of 'who, what, when, where, why, and how' in crime patterns. Discover essential techniques in temporal and geospatial analysis that will unlock the secrets to thorough crime pattern investigations, ensuring proficiency in critical thinking and analytical skills. Covering essential topics, including developing a comprehensive checklist, sketching a broad profile of patterns, and analyzing the critical dimensions of situation, time, and space. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your investigative skills and gain valuable insights into the intricate world of pattern analysis. 
  • May-Overview of Pattern Analysis 2 (Dawn Reeby)
    • Delve deep into the intricacies of offender and victim profiling, unraveling the secrets behind criminal modus operandi. Navigate the ethical landscape of profiling, addressing biases, and overcoming limitations as you uncover effective solutions for lead and suspect identification. This exploration will equip you to become an effective contributor to the agency, providing invaluable insights and expertise in patterns and investigations. 
  • June-Introduction to Forecasting (Christopher Bruce)
    • Forecasting is one of the most storied and yet most misunderstood processes of crime analysis. An accurate, precise forecast, paired with effective tactical action on the part of the police agency, can end a crime series quickly and decisively, often by the arrest of the offender. This introductory webinar will cover some of the basic principles of forecasting, such as designing and testing a forecasting model, differentiating types of offender behavior, balancing accuracy and precision, and finding the right language to present your forecast. Further webinars will get into the specifics of spatial and temporal forecasting specifically.
  • July-Temporal Analysis and Forecasting (Angela Backer-Hines)
    • Once you have identified your crime pattern or series, the next step is forecasting when and where the next incident will occur to direct patrol and, ideally, arrest the offender. The following two webinars will discuss these forecasting techniques. This session will focus on time – when will the next incident occur? We will cover a number of different calculations you can conduct to determine your likely next “hit” window to provide specific actionable timeframes to focus police response. 
  • August-Spatial Analysis and Forecasting (Angela Backer-Hines)
    • We have a date and timeframe to focus our officers; where should they go during that window? This webinar will look at spatial analysis and forecasting the likely location of your next “hit,” in other words, creating a geographic profile of your pattern or series to determine where to direct patrol to be most effective. 
  • September-Criminal Behavior and Tactical Profiling (Christopher Bruce)
    • Forget Mindhunter. Most “profiling” is not conducted by FBI specialists but by regular crime analysts and detectives, studying individual crimes or crime patterns, making inferences based on the available evidence. This webinar covers the history, terminology, and tools associated with these processes, which has been variously called profiling, criminal investigative analysis, and investigative psychology. Students will see how to apply different methods of logical reasoning to crime patterns, make inferences, and include those inferences in tactical products and recommendations.
  • October-Tactical Products and Dissemination (Jennifer Zawitz)
    • It’s spooky season, but don’t fear the Microsoft products! In this session, you will learn to create effective tactical bulletins, presentations, and other types of products for dissemination. We will discuss content, formatting, and learn how to stop those things that go bump in the night. You will also learn the tricks of dissemination and indicating protected information, which will make reading your bulletins a treat for your audience. We’re dying to see you in October, if you dare! 
  • November-Effective Responses (Christopher Bruce)
    • The tactical analyst’s role is not finished with the bulletin. He or she also helps the agency with effective response, including research, documentation, and evaluation. This webinar provides sources of information for what works and does not work when it comes to tactical responses. Students learn how to research and brainstorm potential tactics using criminology theories like rational choice and routine activities. Finally, they learn the various institutional mechanisms that can turn good ideas into practice, including the stratified model and CompStat.
  • December-After the Arrest: Interrogation, Documentation, Prosecution, Evaluation (Jennifer Zawitz)
    • In this final session, all will be merry and bright now that the case has been solved! It’s time to wrap things up with the final steps in the analysis process. We will discuss the analyst’s role in interrogation and prosecution. Examples of documentation after a tactical series is complete will be included, as well. Finally, we will discuss the evaluation process and feedback after a tactical series has concluded. Grab some hot chocolate and join us for the grand finale of the tactical analysis series! 

Format & Continuing Education credits/Certificates

All Tactical Series webinars will be recorded; if you cannot attend the live session, we will provide the recording the next day to everyone who registers. For non-registrants, the recordings will be posted to the webinar library after 45 days.

All registrants who are IACA members will receive Continuing Education Credits and you may request a certificate if you want one. Anyone who attends the webinar live will receive a certificate automatically from GoToWebinar. 

We will not be able to award CEUs to those who watch videos in the webinar library, though you can request a certificate for any video in the library. See that page for more details. 


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