California State University, Long Beach – Crime Analysis Certification Program

Published by Cassie Muniz on November 1, 2021

This program introduces students to the field of crime analysis, including five steps in the data analysis process: data collection, collation, analysis, dissemination, and feedback/evaluation. Learners will be introduced to sources of criminal justice information and an understanding of how to collect general and specific crime data; create data tracking matrices; use data to determine the emergence of new crime problems; and prepare basic charts, graphs, and crime and intelligence analysis reports. Students will also learn techniques to properly communicate findings to law enforcement agencies.

This program will help prepare students for internships and entry-level positions in both the public and private sectors. Courses within this program meet law enforcement analyst training standards as established by the International Association of Crime Analysts and the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts. The curriculum integrates hands-on exercises, practical applications, and experiences that closely mimic law enforcement settings. It will provide students with a toolbox of strategies, skill sets, experiences, and sample products that will allow them to hit the ground running at an investigative agency. These include an introduction to standard law enforcement software programs that aid in crime-solving, linking crimes together, knowledge of criminal behavior, and problem-solving methods.

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