IACA Mentoring Committee (MC)

About The Mentoring Committee

The Analyst Mentoring Program is a program where IACA members help other IACA members achieve their professional goals. Individuals working in the crime analysis profession often find that as analysts they are a rare commodity in their own agencies. Many analysts often find their agencies do not have adequate resources, training or skilled personnel available to help newcomers progress quickly to becoming trained and efficient at what they need to do. Other individuals find themselves as current college students or recent graduates with a desire to enter the crime analysis field. In this case, there is a need for guidance with resumes, applications, internships, interviews, etc.


Michael Jackson – Chair of the Mentoring Committee (mentoring@iaca.net)

Michael Jackson is a criminal intelligence analyst with the Sugar Land police department. With over 15 years in law enforcement, Michael has both sworn police officer experience, investigative experience, along with tactical crime analysis experience. Michael spent his first 6 years as a sworn officer working mainly in patrol and S.W.A.T. Afterwards he fell into crime analysis, loved it, and has been working in the field since 2011. Michael has seen and worked a variety of cases from misdemeanors to federal indictments. Michael’s first experience with an IACA conference was in Denver and it was memorable one. Michael has since given two presentations at IACA conferences, attended multiple conferences, and volunteered to mentor new analyst. Michael has received multiple commendations throughout the years for his work in crime analysis and he continues his path on trying to learn new things to do the best job that he can. Michael has a Bachelor and Master degree in criminal justice.

Brittany Willis

Brittany Willis is a Senior Police Analyst with the Scottsdale Police Department. She has over eight years of experience working as a tactical, criminal, and strategic analyst. Prior to working with Scottsdale, she worked with the Phoenix Police Department, as a dispatcher and as a volunteer in the Crime Analysis Research Unit. Brittany served on the Executive Board for the Arizona Association of Crime Analysts (AACA) as President from 2015 – 2016, and as Webmaster from 2012 – 2015. While on the board, her contributions included redesigning the association’s website, bringing forth valuable training, and planning numerous conferences. She has also served on the IACA’s Conference Committee, assisting with Exhibitors in 2017 and 2018, and for the past two conferences, has served as the co-chair for Speakers. In addition, she is currently on the IACA’s Mentoring Committee and enjoys assisting analysts in making connections and furthering their skill set. Brittany is a member of the Arizona Association of Crime Analysts (AACA), the Southwest Chapter of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (SW IALEIA), the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA). Brittany has a BA from the University of Northern Colorado, a Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis from Chandler/Gilbert Community College and is working on her Master’s degree in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Criminal Intelligence at the American Military University. She was awarded AACA Member of the Year in 2014, and was also recognized as part of a Team Award from the AACA in 2019 for her contributions on several significant homicides.

Ashley Hood

Ashley Hood has worked in crime analysis for the last 7 years and is currently the Crime Analysis Unit Supervisor at Anaheim Police Department. At her prior agency, she was the department’s first analyst and has worked in Law Enforcement for over 12 years in a variety of positions. Ashley has presented at the Crime & Intelligence Analysis state conference on her involvement in a human trafficking case and aside from being on the IACA’s Mentoring Committee, she is a mentor herself. She is the recipient of the Employee of the Year Award for the Special Enforcement Division at the Anaheim Police Department and co-instructed a Crime Fighting with Cell Phone Technology class for detectives to understand the use of location based technology. Ashley currently teaches at a POST certified Crime Analysis Core Course for the California State University, Long Beach Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training and is a certified Crime & Intelligence Analyst herself. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Business Management.

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