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Intelligence And Analysis (In-Person)

The Intelligence and Analysis course is offered both as an in-person and as an online class.

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In these turbulent times of increasing demands on resources, the heightened sophistication of criminals, the rise of predatory gang activity and the multitude of illicit activities that threaten our communities each day, the need for a responsible, proactive approach for determining and gauging the risks posed by crime and criminals is of critical importance.

This is an 8-week (40 hour) course that shows you how to use the intelligence cycle to easily guide the transformation of your raw collected data into actionable intelligence. Once trained, you will be able to recognize the hidden characteristics, protocols, and behaviors associated with complex criminal events; identify and link conspiratorial relationships and networks; discover the connections between criminality and finances; and effectively monitor, collect (covertly, overtly, and electronically), organize, and analyze data relating to a wide range of criminal endeavors. You will also learn how to develop, manage, support, and successfully conduct analyses using a variety of collation and graphic management techniques. This knowledge can then be applied to the more complex investigations of crimes committed by predatory criminals, criminal enterprises, gangs, and the criminal conspirators who engage in economic/white collar crimes, drug/narcotic and sex offenses, human and weapons trafficking, identity theft and fraud, counterfeiting, corruption, and serial crimes.

Skill-building exercises enhance the learn-by-doing nature of the program. Actual investigations and criminal intelligence missions are also examined to further an understanding of the methods and techniques taught in the class and to demonstrate their practical application in today’s criminal environment.

This 40-hour course curriculum meets the criteria of a basic intelligence course by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA). It is based on training recommendations contained in the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (NCISP). The NCISP is the most widely accepted source of guidance currently available for intelligence operations and training programs that support law enforcement efforts to establish a capacity for Intelligence-led policing. It is also POST certified in many states.

This course will provide you with an arsenal of techniques you can use to uncover hidden criminal activity; develop, organize and link disparate data; support emerging and ongoing criminal investigations; and identify the relationships between people, organizations and criminal events as well as between finances, proceeds and assets.

You will learn what criminal intelligence is —and what it is not—and how its real-world application can benefit 21st century policing. You will also learn how to produce actionable intelligence, how to apply it to criminal investigations, how to deliver dynamic intelligence briefings and how to present your material in court proceedings.

Designed for all federal, state, municipal, and military intelligence officers and analysts, this course will demystify essential professional skills involving:


  • Identifying and Defining What Intelligence is and What it is not
  • The Mission, Objectives and Products of Criminal Intelligence and How it Benefits Today’s Policing Efforts
  • The Critical Differences Between Information, Investigation and Intelligence
  • The 5-Step Process of the Intelligence Cycle
  • How to Use the Intelligence Cycle to Transform Information into Intelligence
  • The Differences Between and the Products of Tactical, Strategic, Operational, and Statistical Intelligence
  • Say it Correctly! The Language and Terminology of Criminal Intelligence
  • Best Practices for Conducting Criminal Intelligence Collection Operations (28 CFR, Part 2)
  • How to Recognize Latent or Cloaked Crime Characteristics
  • The Nature of Repetitious Criminal Activity, Modus Operandi, Patterns and Trends
  • How to Work Smarter, Not Harder! Methods for Enhancing Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • How to Identify Criminal Conspiracies, Organizations, Partnerships, Networks, Structures and Jobs
  • Guidelines and Protocols for Targeting and Monitoring Criminal Conspiracies and Threats
  • Hypothesis Development and the Development of a Collection Plan
  • Covert Collection Techniques
  • Sources and Resources of information, Data and Criminal Intelligence
  • How to Create and Use Time Lines, Flow Charts, Link (Association) Charts and Matrices
  • Communications Analysis: Analyzing Telephone, Text and Email Messages
  • How to Prepare and Present Intelligence Briefings
  • How to Effectively Use Word, PowerPoint and Excel in Graphic Analysis
  • Hands-On, Skill-Building Exercises and Real-World Applications of Criminal Intelligence Analysis
  • And much, much more

You Are:

  • A newly-assigned law enforcement or corporate intelligence analyst, or a narcotics, gang or vice investigator, intelligence officer or analyst assigned to a fusion center, Homeland Security detail, terrorism or other specialized task force either within or external to your agency
  • An experienced analyst, officer or investigator who has received little formal training related to the criminal intelligence process and function
  • Now or may later supervise analysts, officers, investigators, a task force, first responders or other personnel who would benefit from a coordinated approach to developing and supporting criminal investigations
  • Employed by a prosecution unit that prepares the types of cases produced by the personnel described above

“This was an amazing course containing great information I will be able to utilize in my day-to-day duties, as well as pass on to my coworkers.”

Kimberlyleigh Turner, Criminal Intelligence AnalystPearl Police Department

“Very enjoyable course! I learned a lot. After being in Criminal Intelligence for over 21 years, an old dog can learn new tricks. Eva is a great source of experience and knowledge. Looking forward to further training.”

Barbie Horsley, Intelligence AnalystRegional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC)

“It was very informative and the instructor had great knowledge of criminal intelligence and analysis.”

Detective Sergeant Joseph HopsonCampbell County Sheriff’s Office

“This was a great program taught by a great instructor! I enjoyed the hands-on portion of the training as well as Eva’s overall teaching methods. I hope to do more of Eva’s classes.”

Mikaela Frye, Crime AnalystKnox County Sheriff’s Office

“The program was great, and I feel like I gained a lot of knowledge and insight. The best concept I gained from this program was the variety of resources and how I could use them to be a better analyst.”

Samantha Detavernier, AnalystKnoxville Police Department

“I enjoyed the class. I didn’t realize all the sources of information and charting techniques that could be used in an investigation, and how charts and graphs can be used to simplify the explanations of complex cases.”

Gary Jeffers, Detective LieutenantCampbell County Sheriff’s Office

“The course is excellent, as is the instructor! And the networking of the course was invaluable.”

Sergeant Major James Meneley
Fort Eustis, Virginia

“I enjoyed how everything was explained that gave me a clear understanding of the Intel process. I have taken previous courses that I walked away from, not totally understanding. This class I feel was explained very well, and I wish we had another week. It’s a great class and I highly recommend it.”

Cristi Gordanier, Intel Research SpecialistBiloxi Police Department

“I enjoyed the use of real-life examples that were used to explain the concepts taught in the class. It simplified the material and made sense of it. I also liked the entertaining stories! In my opinion, this class was very valuable in not only how to collect data, but how to critically think about what was collected, which is most important.”

Katelyn Millwood, Police Operations TechnicianMetro Nashville Police Department

“I loved the class and learned so much from Eva, particularly how to use flow charts, visual aids, etc. to better show/ support intelligence.”

Andrea Martin, Intelligence AnalystTennessee Bureau of Investigation

“I enjoyed Eva’s knowledge about collecting data and the many different ways to organize and to chart it. The course was informative and I gained a lot from the class.”

Audrea Keating, Crime AnalystChickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department

“Awesome program! Eva’s class has been my favorite of the Alpha Group’s classes thus far!”

Sierra Scott, Intelligence SpecialistRegional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC)

“I enjoyed learning new ideas and making new contacts. This is a very useful course that will assist in future cases. Ms. Rhody’s experience and enthusiasm really shows in her presentation.”

Investigator Jerry PhillipsHall County Sheriff’s Office

“This is a great class, especially for those of us with limited formal intel training. I enjoyed the knowledge and passion of the instructor (Eva Rhody) and learning about the collation, analysis and sources of information.”

Matt Palumbo US Army Cadet Command HQsFort Knox, Kentucky

“The overall program has provided me with a plethora of information to bring back to my agency and use on a daily basis.”

ASHLEY EANNARINOCrime Analyst - Manatee County Sheriff’s Office

“This is one of the best programs that I have attended in many years. It was very informative and well presented.”

Diane CaderArkansas State Police

“This is a great program and I learned a lot. I enjoyed the discussion on trend analysis and the section on charting the suspects, as well as the interaction with the other students.”

Malcolm Peterson
Fort Lee, Virginia

“Great course! The instructor (Eva) was very knowledgeable on the subject and was able to articulate key points so the audience was able to comprehend the material.”

Eric Hetzler, SSG CID Special Agent
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

“Great program! Professional and knowledgeable instructor. I appreciate the years of experience the instructor explained.”

Christopher J. Ray, SFC
500th MP Detachment
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

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Meet the Instructor

Eva Rhody is a nationally recognized criminal intelligence analyst who provides her analytical expertise to the FBI, IRS, US Secret Service, US Attorney’s Office, and many other state and federal law enforcement agencies.




Analyze crime data and forecast future criminal events



Classify human behavior to unravel criminal masterminds



Connect the dots to uncover hidden criminal activity



Reduce crime rates and increase community satisfaction




Q: What is intelligence analysis?

A: Intelligence analysis is the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information to support decision-making and planning in national security, law enforcement, and other fields.

Q: What are the requirements to become an intelligence analyst?

A: The requirements to become an intelligence analyst vary by organization and job position. Generally, education in a related field such as international relations, political science, or intelligence studies is required, and experience in intelligence analysis or a related field is preferred.

Q: What topics are covered in an intelligence and analysis career training course?

A: Intelligence and analysis career training courses cover a range of topics, including intelligence theory, intelligence collection methods, analysis techniques, data management, and communication.

Q: What kind of skills can I expect to gain from an intelligence and analysis career training course?

A: Intelligence and analysis career training courses help individuals develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, data analysis, information management, and communication.

Q: What is the duration of an intelligence and analysis career training course?

A: The duration of an intelligence and analysis career training course varies depending on the program. Some programs may be completed in a few months, while others may take a year or more to complete.

Q: What is the cost of an intelligence and analysis career training course?

A: The cost of an intelligence and analysis career training course varies depending on the program and institution offering the course. Some programs may be offered for free, while others may cost several thousand dollars.

Q: Are intelligence and analysis career training courses available online?

A: Yes, intelligence and analysis career training courses are available online through various institutions and organizations, such as Alpha Group Center.

Q: What kind of job opportunities are available after completing an intelligence and analysis career training course?

A: Individuals who complete an intelligence and analysis career training course may qualify for positions such as intelligence analyst, research analyst, security analyst, or strategic planner.


A: Yes. Students who complete the curriculum can receiver their professional Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis from the California State University System.

Q: What is the difference between an intelligence and analysis career training course and a national security studies degree program?

A: An intelligence and analysis career training course focuses specifically on developing skills and knowledge related to intelligence analysis, while a national security studies degree program covers a broader range of topics related to national security policy and strategy.


This is a very useful and helpful class for people in all stages of their careers.

This is a great course. I’m grateful for all the information on the CD that I feel I can use on the job. Thanks!

I loved this class and will take more courses and recommend it to coworkers. It has changed my myopic view to a more expansive one, and for that I am thankful.

This was a very worthwhile program. Even having 35+ years experience I still learned several new concepts.

This was a great class and I have learned many things that I hope to take directly to Troy and use immediately in our case investigations.