IACA Certification Committee (CC)

Kimm Barnes – Chair of the Certification Committee (certification@iaca.net)

Kimm has served with the Douglas County (OR) Sheriff’s Office since February, 1999, as a Police Records Clerk, Reserve Deputy, and Investigations Analyst. For over 18 yrs, she focused on major crimes investigations. More recently, she holds the positions of Property & Evidence Manager and backup analyst. She has a BS in Criminal Justice from Southern Oregon University and a MSCJ – Crime Analysis degree through Tiffin University. She became a IACA Certified Law Enforcement Analyst (CLEA) in March, 2012. She currently holds memberships in IACA & the Oregon Homicide Investigators Association (OHIA). She was the IACA online class coordinator from 2012 to 2019 and is currently the IACA Certification Committee Chair.

Jonathan Alston, RCMP – Re-Certification

I received my B.Sc. from BYU. I earned an M.A. in Crim. from Simon Fraser University after studying the patterns of serial rapists. I went to the U of Alberta to get my Ph.D. and ended up helping out the police on a robbery series (late ’99). Soon after that I was offered what was supposed to be a temp job and have been a crime analyst ever since. I am currently working with the RCMP on the Rocky Mountain Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET). I was proud to achieve CLEA status with IACA in July 2007.

Milena Bruns, International Criminal Court – Application Review

 

Steve Hawthorne — Re-Certification

I have a BS & MS from Old Dominion University and was involved in marine ecological studies before changing to another rewarding career as a crime analyst. I began as the Principal Crime Analyst in Portsmouth, VA. During that time, I earned CCIA and CLEA certifications and served as a Virginia Crime Analysts Network (VCAN) treasurer. I was honored as an employee of the year and VCAN Analyst of the Year.

I retired from Virginia government employment and became employed by the Lafayette IN PD in 01/2011. This agency never adopted crime analysis into their operational and/or strategic plans. They use a CAD/RMS system that is shared between local and county agencies. CAD/RMS data access was encumbered, Internet access was limited and Open Source Software use prohibited. For the most part, analytical products were ignored; monthly CompStat agendas were void of Crime Analysis presentations. Civilian staff were not recognized as professionals, excluded from attending assigned-unit staff meetings and received no meritorious recognition. I resigned in 01/2019.

Cabell Hintz, Albemarle County (VA) Police – Application Review 

I have been an analyst with the Albemarle County PD Investigations Division for 12 years. I finished my MA degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and received my BA in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. I reside in Crozet, a small town just outside of Charlottesville with my husband and 2 sons (18yo and 19yo).

Tamika Prince, Pearland (TX) Police – Application Review 

I am a Crime Analyst with the Pearland Police Department. Prior to assuming this position, I was a Criminal Intelligence Analyst with the Houston Police Department for 8.5 years. My primary duties as an analyst are statistical reporting, and assisting officers with crime analysis in support of active investigations. I became a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst with the International Association of Crime Analysts in September 2016. I love my job!

Kathryn “Alex” Schneider, Burleson (TX) Police – Exams

K. Alex Schneider has over 10 years of crime analysis experience, specifically in police department gang units. She currently works with the Burleson Texas Police Department. In 2013, she received her certificate as an Expert Level Gang Specialist from the National Gang Crime Research Center. And in 2014 she became a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst. She has an article “Using Geographic Analysis to Direct DDACTS Operations in Rochester” in Geography and Public Safety (June 2010). She has presented at the National Gang Crime Research Center, IACA and MACA conferences.

Jennifer Zawitz, Albemarle County Police – Application Review 

Anne-Laure Del Cerro, Albany (NY) Police – International Outreach Liaison

Anne-Laure Del Cerro was born and raised in Paris, France, prior to moving to New York State to attend college. Ms. Del Cerro obtained an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Albany where she was the recipient of the Valedictorian Award. Anne-Laure Del Cerro is now the Technology Coordinator for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Crime Analysis Center Network. Prior to that role, she worked for eleven years at the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center located in Upstate New York as a Crime Analyst then as a Lead Crime Analyst and IT Coordinator . Ms. Del Cerro is a New York State Level 1 Certified Analyst and is also the Secretary of the New York State Association of Law Enforcement Analysts (NYALEA).​

About The Certification Committee

The IACA Certification Committee oversees an examination process that allows applicants to become a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst (CLEA). A certification program provides the foundation on which a profession demarcates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successfully meeting the job duties and responsibilities within its given field. The IACA Certification Program is a result of the desire to reach the following six goals:

To recognize the professional abilities and accomplishments by individuals in the field of law enforcement analysis.
To promote and encourage professional development by individuals in the field of law enforcement analysis.
To provide the employers of law enforcement analysts a reliable measure of professional competence.
To provide employers of law enforcement analysts with a basis on which to establish position descriptions.
To promote the profession of law enforcement analysts to police chiefs, administrators and the entire criminal justice community.
Top better define law enforcement analysis as a legitimate and unique career.

The IACA believes that a diverse, well-rounded, multifaceted analyst makes for the most productive staff member. While every agency has specific, unique and ever-changing analytical needs, we believe that every analyst should possess a full understanding of the different techniques and methods used throughout the field. The IACA also values the divergent ways in which analysts learn and gain experience necessary for their jobs, and therefore we want to offer a program that rewards this wide spectrum of learning and understanding. In light of this, the IACA has designed a certification program based on a point system that acknowledges work experience, demonstrable knowledge, skills and abilities, academic work, on-the-job training, and contributions to advancing the profession.

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