Certificate Program

Date: March 18, 2021

Subject: Update to our letter of June 30, 2019 Discontinuation of the Certified Crime and Intelligence Analysis (CCIA) Program


As some of you may recall, the California Department of Justice co-sponsored the Certified Crime and Intelligence Analysis (CCIA) Program along with the California State University and University of California Systems for twenty-eight years. From its inception, it was agreed that while the Universities would provide the curriculum to students enrolled in the Program, the Department, in recognition of their academic achievement, would certify and confer upon graduates the title of Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst (CCIA).

For many years only three universities and one college offered the Program: California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Sacramento; the University of California, Riverside and Pierce College, Los Angeles.

Two years ago three additional colleges and universities located relatively close to the existing Program providers advised the Department that they also desired to offer the CCIA Program. This placed the Department in a difficult situation.

All colleges and universities have minimum enrollment requirements. They need a certain number of students enrolled in every course in order to at least operate it at a break-even or better point. If too many institutions are competing for the same students, there is a risk that classes could cancel for lack of enrollment. For example, if two universities each have five students enrolled in a class, neither class will operate. But had all ten been enrolled in one class, the class would be a “go.” And when classes cancel, it is the students who suffer as a result. This situation would have been avoided if the Department had decided to extend Certification only to the students of the original four institutions that had historically participated in the Program.

At the same time, however, because the Department is itself a public agency and wanted to insulate itself from any claims of “favoritism,” it was hard-pressed to provide a reason that would justify why it should participate with some colleges and universities and not with others.

In our attempts to offer DOJ with a solution to this dilemma, both I and Brian Gray of the Riverside County, California, Sheriff’s Department spent many months and had many conversations with the DOJ representative who had been designated to oversee DOJ’s withdrawal from the Program. All of these involved our suggestions as to how DOJ’s issues of concern could be resolved.

Unfortunately, however, all communication with DOJ came to an abrupt stop with the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to grip the world. Our last conversation with DOJ’s designee was April 2019 and we have not heard back from him since.


As of today, this issue has been passed through the hands of two DOJ Directors and two Executive staff members without resolution. Moreover, The Attorney General of California, who appoints the Director of the DOJ, will soon be leaving office to accept the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services in the new Presidential administration. That may lead to the appointment of yet another new Director of the DOJ by whomever succeeds the current incumbent. As such, we are getting farther and farther away from anyone who was familiar with the CCIA Program and who supported DOJ’s initial participation in it.

That said, it seems increasingly apparent that the Certification Program as we knew it is fading into history. But that said, I would like to remind you that the Certificate Program in Crime and Intelligence Analysis is still very much in operation at California State University, Sacramento; California State University, Fullerton and the University of California, Riverside. Upon your graduation from the Program, you will receive your professional Certificate from the University as well as an additional Certificate from the internationally renowned LEIU (Law Enforcement Intelligence Units) formally acknowledging your successful completion of this prestigious program of study. Most importantly, you will have all the knowledge you gained from each of the courses that you took with The Alpha Group and/or each of the University providers.

So there you have it, folks. While one had to have taken the underlying curriculum courses to earn DOJ’s certification in times past, the good news is that this same curriculum remains available to you today. Further, with the widespread news of DOJ’s departure from the Program, the university certificates are readily accepted by law enforcement and other agencies requiring formal verification of not only the education you received, but of your ability to make a positive contribution to the agency you serve.

Best wishes for much success!

Steve Gottlieb
Executive Director