Investigative Analysis

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


The need for Criminal Investigative Analysis (formerly referred to as Psychological Profiling) training has become increasingly recognized over the past few years as law enforcement agencies across the country encounter an ever increasing number of rapes and homicides committed by unknown offenders. As we move through this decade and beyond, it seems apparent that police administrators will require highly trained, competent people to collect, collate, and analyze data to help them effectively deal with these problems. But before any problem can be resolved, it first must be identified. Armed with the information regarding the types of crimes occurring in their jurisdictions, investigators, if properly trained, are uniquely positioned to utilize the information presented in this course to not only identify when serial crimes are occurring, but to identify the personality and behavioral characteristics of the type of person most likely to have committed the crimes. However, while criminal profiling is particularly useful in cases of serial rape and homicide, it also can be extremely useful in the investigation of many single cases of rape or homicide..

This is a one-week (36 hour) “hands-on” program that provides you with techniques you can use immediately to solve the real-world problems that daily confront the law enforcement community. Once trained, you will be able to save countless hours by focusing your investigations on the most likely type of person to have committed the immediate crime, predict what the offender did before the offense, what he did during the crime, and anticipate his expected post-offense behavior following the event. In investigations with extensive suspect lists, the savings in time to develop lead prioritizations can be substantial.

Presented in a comfortable, non-threatening environment that permits both individualized and group instruction, the course takes a “learn-by-doing” approach that gives students many opportunities to actually perform the tasks associated with the criminal profiling process. Participants will be taught how to read a crime scene and how to use crime scene information to develop a “portrait” of the offender’s childhood, family background, sexual history, appearance, lifestyle, and other relevant personal information which is then used to identify the type of person most likely to have committed the immediate crimes. This format of instruction allows for not only a highly interactive exchange between the student and the facilitator, but offers unique opportunities for group interaction and collaboration as well.

You Should Attend If:

• You are a sex crimes investigator

• You are a homicide investigator

• You are a patrol officer who may be in a position to recognize the characteristics of serial crimes

• You are a crime analyst responsible for providing assistance to sex crimes or homicide investigators

Here’s What You Will Learn

This course will provide you with an arsenal of techniques you can use to identify the physical, behavioral, and personality characteristics of offenders who commit the crimes of rape and homicide, particularly serial rape and homicide offenses. We’ll demystify essential professional skills involving:

Operational Issues

• How to Recognize the Serial Aspects of Crime

• Uses and Misuses of Investigative Analysis Techniques

• Telltale Clues—How to Recognize the All-lmportant Signatures of Serial Homicide Suspects

• Wound Examinations and the “Hidden Information” They Provide About Victims and Killers

• How To Link Cases Together

• How to Identify the Physical, Psychological, Behavioral, Emotional and Personality Characteristics of Offenders Who Commit the Crimes of Rape and Homicide

• Answering the BIG Questions-How to Determine If, When, and Where Offenders May Strike Again, and Who May be the Next Likely Target

• Work Smarter, Not Harder!-How to Focus an Investigation

• How to Develop Suspect Leads for “Arresting” Results

• How to Prepare Comprehensive Reports of Analyses

• Beware the Femme Fatale!-How Female Serial Killers Differ from Male Serial Killers

• Types of Serial Homicide Offenders-Differences between Organized, Disorganized, Mixed, Lust, and Sadistic Killers

• Types of Serial Rape Offenders-Differences between Power Reassurance, Power Assertive, Anger Retaliation and Anger Excitation Rapists

• Critical Differences in Crime Scenes-How to Instantly Distinguish between Abduction Sites, Killing Sites, and Dump Sites

• Who Murders-and Why! Social and Environmental Factors that Shape the Killer’s Life

• And much, much more!

The Profiling Process

Through lecture, demonstration, and the use of audio and video media, all participants will have the opportunity to analyze cases involving actual killers and rapists and to then develop and practice their profiling skills by creating their own in-class profiles. This format of instruction not only allows for a highly interactive exchange between participants and the facilitator, but creates a climate that is highly conducive to the learning process as well!