Course Catalog

To review the courses currently open for registration, please click the title below to expand each section. Information on registering is found inside. You can register multiple people for a class at one time AND you can check out for multiple classes in one transaction by utilizing the “shopping cart” feature. Simply register for each class, return to the course catalog to register for the next, and so on, until all classes have been added. Then you can make one payment for all classes by clicking on the shopping cart and following the prompts.

All IACA classes award a certification of attendance or completion for those students who attend/pass. We will not send certificates for in person or online classes until we have received payment.

Each class has information regarding the difficulty level/intended audience. These are guidelines only to ensure you have the best experience, but are not rigid requirements. We will not be checking your experience level prior to enrollment. 

If you have developed training curriculum and are interested in developing that material into an IACA class, please contact the Training Director at training@iaca.net.

In Person classes

Note: In person instruction is on hold due to Covid. Instead, we offer these classes in a “live online” format. View the course posting page for full details.

The current in person schedule is available below. These classes are $395 for members and $445 for non-members. We provide in person training as requested by local agencies/regional associations. The full list of available topics can be reviewed here. If you’d like to bring a particular class to your area, please review the hosting requirements listed here

Course Language: English

Difficulty Level/Intended Audience: Anyone. No previous experience is necessary, but the class will also be useful to analysts who have a few years of experience.

Description

Tactical Crime Analysis is a four-day hands-on online 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 Foundations 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.

Course Format

**This class will be held LIVE online using GoToMeeting. The course will be held December 13th – 16th, 2021 between 0800 and 1600 hours (Central Time). Students must login and attend the live presentations during the scheduled date and time to pass the class. This is NOT a self-paced course and will not be recorded. Students must provide their own computer equipment and a copy of Microsoft Office version 2013 or newer, including Access. It is highly recommended that students have dual monitors for the course, one to follow the presentation and one to replicate the lesson.**

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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 grade. All courses will be graded as a pass/fail. They not a 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 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

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!

This is an advanced course.  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.

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Course 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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Course 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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Course 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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Course 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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Course Language: English

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

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.

Please note that 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.

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Course 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.

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Course 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

Problem Analysis is a 12 – week online course where 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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Course 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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Webinars

Webinars are 1-2 hr long sessions, usually held once a month, via our GoToWebinar account that can either be stand alone topics or a series of topics that connect from one to the next. The sessions can be taken independently, but for a webinar series, the material builds on itself as the year goes on so we encourage people to take the whole series. Each webinar costs $10 for IACA members, $20 for non-members. If a session is free, it will be noted in the description. Some (but not all) webinars are recorded and can be viewed by IACA members here after 45 days have passed from the original air date.

Course language: English

Difficulty Level: Anyone

Throughout 2021, we will cover ArcGIS Pro. Join us for 60-90 minutes, once a month, as we walk through the basics of transitioning to Pro, creating maps, and using the Crime Analysis tools in detail. There will be 11 sessions in this series, each costing $10 for IACA members. A certificate for each session is provided to all students who attend.

Completed sessions (available in video library)

    • 2021-01 Get Familiar with ArcGIS Pro
    • 2021-02 Create a New Map
    • 2021-03 Adding Data
    • 2021-04 Crime Analysis Toolbar: Part 1
    • 2021-05 Crime Analysis Toolbar: Part 2-Summary Stats 
    • 2021-06 Crime Analysis Toolbar: Part 3-Density and Optimized Hotspots
    • 2021-07 Crime Analysis Toolbar: Part 4-Space-Time and Near-Repeat 
    • 2021-08 Crime Analysis Toolbar: Part 5-Investigative Tools
    • 2021-09 Crime Analysis Toolbar: Part 6-Charts and Layouts (will be posted to video library approx. 11/14/21)

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Course language: English

Difficulty Level: Anyone

This webinar will provide a review of the IACA Certification program, which includes both LEAF (Law Enforcement Analyst-Foundational) and CLEA (Certified Law Enforcement Analyst) certifications. The Chair of the Certification Committee will discuss both certifications in depth, to include prerequisites to testing, test procedures, and re-certification requirements. If you’ve ever been curious about the exam, this session is for you! There will be time at the end for Q&A and this webinar will be recorded.

This class is FREE for all attendees.

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Course language: English

Difficulty Level: Anyone

The process of becoming a certified analyst can seem overwhelming.  Let us help you tame the beast that is the CLEA/LEAF exams. This year-long series serves as a study guide for the CLEA/LEAF exams, working through each of the 19 sections tested. The format includes a presentation of the material and a question-and-answer session for each topic. This course is intended as a supplement for the Essential Skills series and the recommended text. Expanding the number of certified analysts at all levels is a passion of the instructor and critical in demonstrating the strength of the profession (and making sure you get paid what you’re worth). Join for all sessions or target the areas that you want to review. Let IACA remove some of the mystery that is the exam for certification and help you work through the recommended texts for the exam.  We’re excited to have you!

All Certification Series webinars will be recorded; if you cannot attend the live session, we will provide the recording immediately to those who register. Otherwise, the recordings will be posted to the webinar library after 45 days.

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