In-Person Classes

These classes are $395 for members and $445 for non-members. We provide in person training as requested by local agencies/regional associations. Available topics are outlined below. Please note that several classes that were previously offered in-person are now available as online classes, which are offered once per quarter, every year.

We currently have no in-person classes scheduled, but to bring a particular class to your area, please scroll to the bottom of this page and review the requirements and submit a hosting request via the form linked below.

Course

Computer Applications for Crime Analysis

Language

English

Difficulty Level / Intended Audience

Beginner or intermediate.

Description

Computer Applications is a four and a half-day, hands-on workshop in Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint (with the majority of the time spent on the first two applications). Through a series of realistic lessons, analysts learn how to use the full potential of these programs for tactical, strategic, and administrative analysis.

Included are creating and querying databases with Access; statistics, charting, and data analysis with Excel; desktop publishing (crime bulletins and reports) with Word; and effective presentations with PowerPoint.

Duration

4.5 days

 

 

Course

Crime Mapping & Analysis

Language

English 

Difficulty Level / Intended Audience

Beginner or intermediate

Description

Crime Mapping is a hands-on computer-based course that covers the fundamentals of mapping crime for tactical, strategic, administrative, and operations analysis. After a review of the terminology and concepts of crime mapping, the class plunges directly into hands-on exercises using ArcGIS.

Students learn how to explore base maps, import or link to police data, geocode addresses, perform spatial and attribute queries, create thematic maps, interpret crime maps, and create effective mapping products.

Note: This class requires a computer lab with ArcMap installed.

Duration

 4.5 days

 

 

Course

Microsoft Access for Crime Analysis

Language

English

Difficulty Level / Intended Audience 

Intermediate

Description

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY USES ANALYSIS TO DRIVE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT STRATEGIES….sounds logical and proactive…BUT, how do you ACCESS and USE all that data!?! Are you struggling with how to pull your data easily from your records’ management system? Do you have your data but have no idea how to ask the right questions of it or create reports for presentation?

Through this training, you will be able to employ more directed policing efforts based on the data…data-driven strategies that are measurable!

BENEFITS – After taking this workshop, you will have:

  • The ability to easily and consistently extract accurate information – no more pulling reports and getting different data.
  • The ability to understand what information you pull.
  • The ability to dig deep into your information for long-term or short-term projects. For example, say you have a rash of vehicles parked in driveways, unlocked, that are targeted during the late shift. Access allows you to just pull those reports (in a second!) and identify hotspots, times, etc. to best deploy officers.
  • The analytical capacity is endless! You will have data at your fingertips. You can run reports on officer time spent at calls, days of week that have the most calls (your specifications) by a time block period, comparisons of previous years (year to date), have information on demand, and so much more!
  • Automated bulletins to save time and supply timely data.

We will explore the basic and intermediate database objects of Microsoft Access, and how to utilize each one with a connection from your records management system. Instruction will specifically include activities on law enforcement-related making and appending tables, developing quality queries, displaying easily readable reports, and employing macros that automate these processes.

**Optional: Please set up remote access to your agency’s data for personalized instruction. Please work with IT staff to set up DDF files for ODBC access.

Duration

4.5 days

 

 

Course

Problem Analysis

Language

English and Spanish (translator for the instructor will be required).

Difficulty Level / Intended Audience

Beginner or intermediate.

Description

Problem Analysis is a four and a half-day workshop on the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for an analyst to identify, analyze, and help an agency solve crime, disorder, and public safety problems.

Students learn how criminology theory, research methods, and statistics are applied at the operational level to examine long-term problems and to recommend effective strategies. The class draws heavily on the applicable Problem-Oriented Policing and Situational Crime Prevention literature but remains analyst-focused.

A capstone project applies the lessons to a real crime or safety problem in the area where the class is held.

Duration

4.5 days

 

 

Course

Tactical Crime Analysis

Language

English

Difficulty Level / Intended Audience

Beginner or intermediate.

Description

Tactical Crime Analysis is a four and a half-day workshop that trains analysts in the techniques used to identify, analyze, and solve crime patterns and series.

Beginning with the relevant terms and concepts from the Fundamentals course, this class covers the methods used to identify crime patterns as they emerge; the techniques used to analyze them for location, time, victim, offender, and modus operandi; considerations for disseminating information to police; and tactics for offender apprehension, suppression, and opportunity-blocking.

The class uses real examples, hands-on lessons, computer exercises, and a capstone project that will use a range of tactical analysis skills.

Duration

4.5 days

 

If you’d like to bring a particular class to your area, please review the hosting requirements below:  

Host agencies/associations must provide either a computer lab (for Tactical Crime Analysis, Computer Applications, and Crime Mapping) or a lecture/meeting room (Problem Analysis) for each class. Computer labs must have a minimum of 14 computers (not counting the instructor computer) and lecture/meetings rooms must seat 20 students comfortably. If you do not have a computer available, then we can use a lecture/meeting room and require that students bring their own laptops.

Computer-based courses held in a computer lab have specific software requirements. If an agency decides to host a Tactical Crime Analysis class or Computer Applications class, the computer lab must be equipped with Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. To host a Crime Mapping class, the computer lab must be equipped with ESRI’s ArcGIS 10 and the Spatial Analyst extension for each student. If your lab does not already own licenses for ArcGIS 10, then you cannot host the Crime Mapping class as there is no way to procure the licenses. We’re currently working on a version of the class using ArcGIS Pro.

Training Classrooms/computer labs must be equipped with a laptop computer and projector for the instructor. The room must also have a dry erase board, Smartboard or flip charts for use by the instructor. The training facility must have ample parking and must be located near hotels and dining.

In order to host a class, the host agencies/associations must have 12 paid students registered for the class 15 business days prior to the first day of the class. If an agency has not met this minimum, the class may be cancelled. For every 9 paid students in the class, the host agency/association will receive one free seat in the class. If a host agency has 18 paid students registered for the class, the host agency will receive 2 free seats.

The IACA will not open up classes to more than 20 students. If the host agency/association requests a larger class size, an additional cost for a class/lab assistant will be assessed.

If you would like to host a class, please fill out this form and a member of the Training Committee will be in touch.