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.**
This course will be graded as a pass/fail. We will use a variety of ways to allow for student participation and interaction. Each week students will either have an assignment, discussion a weekly assignment.
Students should expect a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week to gain a pass grade.
Textbook: Crime Analysis with Crime Mapping. 4th Edition (2017) ISBN: 978-1-5063-3103-4
Students will need to purchase their textbook prior to course start date.
Invitations to the course blackboard will be emailed out approximately one week prior to the start of the class.