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The process of analyzing crime and the incorporation of crime analysis units into the main-stream of police operations is still a relatively new phenomenon. As such, few training programs are designed to acquaint crime analysts and their supervisors with the tasks they need to perform when assigned to these units. Fewer still provide any instruction that actually shows them how to perform these tasks. Whether or not your title is “crime analyst,” if all or any part of your job involves analyzing crime, forecasting future criminal occurrences, identifying suspects, tracking crime patterns and series, monitoring crime trends, preparing statistical crime reports managing the analysis function or using crime data to support field operations or community policing programs, then this Crime Analysis Applications Training course is for you!

This is an 8-week (40 hour) course that provides you with techniques you can use immediately to solve the real-world problems that daily confront crime analysts, patrol and investigative officers, and community policing personnel. Presented in a comfortable, non- threatening, limited-seating environment that permits individualized coaching, the training takes a “learn-by-doing” approach that gives you many opportunities to actually perform the tasks associated with crime analysis work. This format of instruction allows for not only a highly-interactive exchange between you and the facilitator, but creates a climate which is conducive to the learning process. Translation: You’ll learn a lot and have fun, too!

This course focuses on the many operational issues and statistical processes involved in designing and maintaining a dynamic crime analysis program that helps you help your officers catch crooks and do it more efficiently. We’ll demystify essential professional skills involving:


  • How to Develop a Crime Analysis Program-And How to Run a Crime Analysis Unit
  • The 8 Functions of Crime Analysis-And Which Ones Lead to “Arresting” Results
  • How to Identify Existing and Evolving Crime Patterns/Series
  • 3 Methods to Forecast Future Criminal Occurrences
  • How to Develop Target Profiles and Use Them to Track Criminals
  • 2 Ways to Link Known Offenders to Unsolved Crimes
  • Community Policing: The Key Role of Analysis in the SARA Process
  • How to Turn Data Into Information-The 5 Critical Steps in the Crime Analysis Process
  • Source Documents: 3 Types of Offense Report Designs-And Why the Most Often Used is of the Least Value
  • Is It A Crime Pattern, a Crime Series, or a Crime Trend? Quick Ways to Tell
  • How to Use the Criminal’s MO to Detect Crime Patterns and Series
  • How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Crime Analysis Unit-And One Common Measure That Should Never be Used
  • Resistance to the Crime Analysis Program: Why It Occurs and How to Overcome It


  • How to Predict When and Where Criminals Will Strike Again
  • How to Analyze Exact-Time Crimes
  • How to Analyze Time-Span Crimes
  • How to Keep the Boss Happy With Numbers
  • How to Calculate “Normal” Crime Levels
  • Crime Stats up? Boss Unhappy? Use Boss’s Figures and Two Simple Techniques to Legitimately and Ethically Show That Crime Went Down or Stayed the Same!
  • Painless Preparation of Crime Summary Exception Reports
  • 3 Types of Averages-And Why the One We Learned in School Can Skew Us Up
  • 8 Seldom-Considered Factors That Always Affect Your Crime Rate
  • How to Properly Prepare Charts and Graphs-Why Overlooking Two Rules Spells Big Trouble
  • How to Calculate Rates and Indexes
  • How to Present Conflicting Statistical Findings

You Are:

  • A recently-employed crime analyst
  • An experienced analyst who has received little of the formal training necessary to fully develop your analytical skills
  • Now or later going to supervise analysis personnel
  • A community policing officer or other law enforcement official who needs to know how to better use data or improve your statistical skills to increase your effectiveness on the job.

Because this is an online course, it is offered continuously throughout the year. You may enroll in the course at any time and will gain immediate access once you do. Starting from your enrollment date, you will have 8 weeks of access to complete the course.

Remember, this is an online course that provides you with the flexibility to complete its requirements from anywhere, and at any time. Sign up as soon as you can and then complete the course on your own schedule and at your own pace! Here are some benefits of an online course:

No travel required!
Log on anytime and from anywhere in the world
Take the class on YOUR schedule
Quick and convenient signup
No travel costs
Satisfy a certification requirement
Enroll individually or with a group

“I found all of the topics presented in this course to be very high value. However, I most enjoyed Topic 5 dealing with predicting the date, time, and location of future crimes. The step by step presentation of the methodology made me anxious to put it into practice in preventing future victimization. Particularly intriguing was the discussion of Statistical Graphical Analysis facilitating the deployment of patrol personnel to areas where they will have an enhanced probability of on viewing and interrupting an offense. I had seen an example of this methodology on the Los Angeles Police Department’s website but just barely comprehended how it worked. Now it’s part of my personal toolbox. I thought this was a robust, practical, high value course of instruction placing an engaged student in a position to function as a fully mission capable crime analyst on day one of employment with a broad range of tools. It exceeded my expectations and filled a major gap in my skill set in the area of quantitative analysis. This is truly saying something because I have considered myself math phobic most of my life.”


“As a first timer in the world of crime analysis, I believe this course did a tremendous job of introducing me to crime analysis and providing me with an array of tools to utilize and reference in my future endeavors. It also gently introduced the basic statistical concepts required to interpret data, and it was explained in a way that was relatable and easy to understand. For anyone nervous about stats, this course made it easy and gave me confidence! I also enjoyed the tutorial and instructions on how to perform functions in Excel, and found that very helpful. Being taught and provided the tools and theory to be able to predict the number of arrests over a period of time bettered my Excel skills and was extremely useful, and learning about strategic forecasting, more specifically, the trend line analysis technique, was one of my favorite parts of the course. I also enjoyed the interactive features of the course modules. I am very much a hands on learner, and being required to answer questions and see the results after a concept was taught really helped to keep me on track and made sure I understood one concept before moving on to the next one.”


“This is the best crime analyst course I’ve ever taken, and more practical than any of the classes I’ve taken in the Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis Master’s program at Michigan State University. I was immediately able to apply what I learned and frequently reference the notes I took during the units. I learned how to do predictive analysis, and now I can predict what days, times, and locations a suspect from a crime series will strike again. I really liked that we had a textbook, workbook, and slides to go through at the same time. It is obvious that the instructor took a lot of time to create this class, and there were even funny moments in the instructions and narratives.”

MEGAN KRYSKA, CRIME ANALYSTCanton Township Police Department

“Excellent! I learned so much in this course and I’ve bragged about it to other analysts that have taken other courses in comparison to this course. The best idea I gained from the course was l earning how to predict the next date and time of an offense in a crime pattern/series. The workbook and the interactive PowerPoints were also fantastic tools in helping me understand certain concepts.”


“It was all very new to me! I enjoyed every idea and concept because it helped me have a method to what I had already been trying to do for my officers during my shift. This is a very good course and I would recommend it but I don’t want to because I don’t want com petition for the next job opening!”

SAYLER STEINKEMedicine Hat Police Department (Canada)

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Meet the Instructor

Steven L. Gottlieb, M.P.A., wrote the book on Crime Analysis and founded the crime and intelligence analysis certificate program. He served as a sworn police officer with West Covina PD and as Deputy Sheriff with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

No travel required! Log on anytime and from anywhere in the world Take the class on YOUR schedule Quick and convenient signup
No travel costs Satisfy a certification requirement Enroll individually or with a group



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 crime analysis?

A: Crime analysis is the process of analyzing crime data to understand patterns and trends in criminal activity, forecast future criminal events, and develop strategies to prevent and reduce crime.

Q: What are the requirements to become a crime analyst?

A: Typically, our certificate in crime and intelligence analysis is required for employment as a crime analyst. Prior education in a related field such as criminal justice, criminology, or statistics is helpful, but not required. Requirements can vary by organization.

Q: What topics are covered in a crime analysis career training course?

A: Crime analysis career training courses cover a range of topics, including crime theory, statistical analysis, data visualization, research methods, and criminal profiling.

Q: What kind of skills can I expect to gain from a crime analysis career training course?

A: Crime analysis career training courses help individuals develop skills in data analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and knowledge in crime theory and prevention strategies.

Q: What is the duration of a crime analysis career training course?

A: Our online courses grant 8-weeks of access each, and are work-at-your-own-pace. On average, students can complete the full program in 4-6 months.

Q: What is the cost of a crime analysis career training course?

A: Our courses are $650 each. The full program can be completed for $2,600.

Q: What kind of job opportunities are available after completing a crime analysis career training course?

A: Individuals who complete a crime analysis training program may qualify for positions such as crime analyst, data analyst, law enforcement analyst, or intelligence analyst.

Q: What is the difference between a crime analysis career training course and a criminal justice degree program?

A: A crime analysis training program focuses specifically on developing skills and knowledge related to crime analysis and is required for the role. A criminal justice degree program covers a broader range of topics related to the criminal justice system and is not targeted to a specific job profile or function.


This is an awesome program. There is none better to teach it than Steve Gottlieb. He engages the group and makes learning material so enjoyable.

Your instruction in the use of statistical analysis was extremely well-received by the students. In fact, the only change requested was an increase in the amount of time allocated to your presentation. I sincerely hope you will be able to take part in future courses as your expertise and teaching style would greatly benefit state and local law enforcement agencies.

Thank you for participating in the Governor’s Conference on Victim Services and Public Safety. Your involvement as a workshop presenter enriched the conference by strengthening the knowledge of each attendee

Thank you for donating your time and expertise in the field of criminal analysis to speak with officers of the State Intelligence Group and Drug Enforcement Agency. Officers who attended relayed to me that your lecture was most interesting and thought provoking.

I enjoyed everything about this course. It was such a great session and very interesting. It is exactly what I needed to learn for my current position as a crime and intelligence analyst.