Course Language: English
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.**
Required 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.
Students should expect a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week to gain a pass grade. This course will be graded as a pass/fail. This is not a self-paced course; we 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. Each week students will have chapter readings, an assignment, discussion forum, quiz or case study.
Invitations to the learning platform will be sent the weekend before class starts.
- Week 1: Introduction & Crime Analysis as a Career Choice
- Week 2: Introduction to Crime Analysis & History/Foundations
- Week 3: Understanding Criminal Behavior
- Week 4: Police Strategies & Role of Crime Analysis
- Week 5: Crime Mapping & Geographic Behavior
- Week 6: Repeat Incidents & Tactical Data Collection
- Week 7: Mid-Term Exam
- Week 8: Pattern Analysis
- Week 9: Role of Crime Analysis During Investigations
- Week 10: Strategic Analysis
- Week 11: Identifying Hot Spots
- Week 12: Final Exam