12-week Online classes

All 12-week classes are structured the same and cost $395 for members and $445 for non-members. 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. 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. 

Course

Advanced Analytical Methods for Microsoft Office

Language English
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!

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There is no external textbook required for this class. 

Sessions
  • October 2-December 24, 2022
  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023
 
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Course

Crime Analysis for Small Jurisdictions

Language English
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.

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There is no external textbook required for this class. 

Sessions
  • October 2-December 24, 2022 (SESSION FULL)
  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023
 
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Course

Criminal Investigative Analysis

Language English 
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. 

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

Sessions
  • October 2-December 24, 2022
  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023
 
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Course

Exploring Crime Analysis: Essential Skills I

Language English
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.

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

Sessions
  • October 2-December 24, 2022 (SESSION FULL)
  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023
 
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Course

Exploring Crime Analysis: Essential Skills II

Language

English

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.

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

Sessions
  • October 2-December 24, 2022 (SESSION FULL)
  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023
 
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Course

Fundamentals of Crime Analysis

Language English
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.

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Required textbook: Crime Analysis with Crime Mapping. 4th Edition (2017) ISBN: 978-1-5063-3103-4

Sessions
  • October 2-December 24, 2022 (SESSION FULL)
  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023
 
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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
  • 2 de enero al 24 de marzo de 2023
  • 3 de abril-23 de junio de 2023
  • 3 de julio-22 de septiembre de 2023
  • 2 de octubre al 22 de diciembre de 2023
 
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Course

Optimizing Analytical Function in Policing

Language English
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)

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There is no external textbook required for this class. 

Sessions
  • October 2-December 24, 2022
  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023

 

 
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Course

 Problem Analysis

Language   English
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

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There is no external textbook required for this class. 

Sessions
  • October 2-December 24, 2022
  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023
 
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Course

Serial Offenders: Analysis & Investigation

Language English
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.

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Optional textbook: Optional:  Serial Offenders: Theory & Practice, First Edition, Kevin Borgeson & Kristen Kuehnle. ISBN: 9780763777302

Sessions
  • October 2-December 24, 2022
  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023
 
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