Crime and Intelligence Analysis for Law Enforcement Professionals Part-time BCIT/Industry Partnership Certificate 526fipcert


Note: This program is open only to persons who are employed by RCMP E Division or in policing and who possess the appropriate security clearance.

Crime and intelligence analysis professionals fulfill an increasingly vital function within law enforcement in Canada. Their role is integral to the overall investigative effort, providing analytic support in the identification, disruption and suppression of criminal activity. The complexity of modern investigations requires a body of skilled analysts, appropriately trained in the tools and techniques of crime and intelligence analysis. Newly-hired law-enforcement analysts must adapt and learn quickly on-the-job, and while their post-secondary education is indeed valuable, it does not fully prepare newly-hired analysts for the rigors of the position. Given the challenges of modern investigations and the exponential growth of data, as well as the ever-evolving nature of crime-fighting technologies, new analysts must be able to learn and apply the tools and techniques quickly and begin functioning in their roles as soon as possible.

The program will be of direct relevance to newly-hired law-enforcement analysts who are motivated to make an immediate contribution to their employer, but do not have immediate access to relevant or specialized training. Senior police management view this program as an efficient model as it meets a local training need without taking analysts away from their office environment for an extensive period of time. Furthermore, analysts will be trained locally and therefore travel and accommodation costs will not be a limiting factor in accessing timely and relevant education.

The Program

This 27-credit program combines theoretical and applied aspects of crime and intelligence analysis. Given the applied nature of the profession, the curriculum is held completely in-class and instructed by experts with analytical, applied research, and policing backgrounds.

The seven foundation courses (21 credits) expose students to the salient theories and applications of crime and intelligence analysis, namely:

  • intelligence analysis;
  • organized crime control;
  • strategic analysis and threat assessment;
  • crime analysis;
  • critical thinking;
  • communicating for law enforcement;
  • research methods and statistics; and
  • operational data management.

Upon successful completion of the foundation courses, students will choose their electives (6 credits) specific to either intelligence analysis or crime analysis, a choice based upon their role and position in law enforcement. The learning environment will utilize a flexible model and incorporate independent work through classroom delivery and computer lab utilizing a team-oriented, problem-based approach. The new program will utilize the latest crime-fighting technologies, techniques and best practices that are employed by the policing community.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum of 120 credits) or graduate/post-graduate degree from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution. A relevant degree includes, but is not limited to, Criminology and/or Criminal Justice Studies.

  • Employed by RCMP E Division or in policing and possess the appropriate security clearance. All applicants must possess the appropriate security clearance prior to participation in the IPCP-CIA program.

Selection Process
Selection will be based upon the staffing and educational requirements of E Division EDCAS in direct consultation with BCIT's Centre for Forensic and Security Technology Studies.

Apply to program

Applicants for this program must be vetted by E Division prior to submitting their application to BCIT. For further information, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) allows students to use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs—including volunteer work, hobbies, on-the-job experience, or independent study—to gain exemption for particular courses in the program. It relies on an assessment of knowledge and skills course by course, done by faculty members in the program area.

There is a non-refundable fee charged in advance for assessment. The fee is usually between half and full tuition, depending on the complexity of the assessment process. Not all courses have PLAR credit available, and there is a limit on how many total PLAR credits you can receive.

For further information, please see Prior Learning Assessment Recognition or contact the Program Coordinator.


Program delivery

Combinations of various learning tools and methods will be used to engage students in participatory learning in class and in the field. Certain courses will be delivered in a computer lab environment utilizing advanced technologies acquired specifically for the program.

The Centre for Forensic and Security Technology Studies offers flexible scheduling, which is determined by the student audience and part-time instructor availability. Courses have a variety of formats, running evenings and/or weekends, consecutive days, or a combination of both. Courses are offered using a variety of delivery methods. Traditional classroom sessions are combined with courses held at industry site locations as well as in the field. The combination of theory and applied learning tasks provide students with a wide range of job ready skills. The Crime and Intelligence Analysis option will follow this established format as well as develop and offer online courses, thereby taking advantage of existing BCIT delivery mechanisms, in particular Desire2Learn technologies.

Program matrix

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Foundation Courses (21.0 credits) Credits
  FSCT 7410 Operational Data Management 3.0
  FSCT 7411 Introduction to the Policing and Analysis of Organized Crime 3.0
  FSCT 7412 Communications for Law Enforcement 3.0
  FSCT 8431 Applied Research Methods & Statistics in Crime Analysis 3.0
  FSCT 8432 Approaches to Analysis and Reasoning for Crime Studies 3.0
  FSCT 8437 Fundamentals of Crime and Intelligence Analysis 3.0
  FSCT 8487 Strategic Analysis and Provincial Threat Assessment 3.0
Complete 6.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  FSCT 8433 Crime Analysis 3.0
  FSCT 8434 Crime Mapping 3.0
  FSCT 8481 Major Crimes Analysis 3.0
  FSCT 8482 National Security Analysis 3.0
Total Credits: 27.0

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Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program location

Classes are held at the BCIT Burnaby and Downtown campuses, and may also be delivered on-site by arrangement with the students' agency.

Continue your education

Students within the IPCP-CIA program who wish to pursue the Advanced Certificate (ASC) or Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option) at a later date may apply the appropriate credits with approval of the Program Coordinator. Note that such students must meet all entrance requirements for the ASC or BTech program, which include satisfying certain bridging requirements as outlined under BCIT policy.

Graduating & Jobs

Apply for graduation

Students who have completed all of the requirements for graduation must complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to the Program Coordinator for approval and processing.

Professional associations

The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) and the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) offer certification through an examination process. While the content of this program will meet the rigorous requirements as set forth by IALEIA and IACA professional bodies, students wishing to become certified must undergo a separate process as outlined by the various associations.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dr. Darryl Plecas - RCMP Research Chair, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, UCFV
  • Dana Adams - Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Lynn Gifford - Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb - President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators
  • Jared Jung - Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Lisa Lapointe - Forensic Science and Identification Services, Province of BC
  • Stefano Mazzega - General Manager, Forensic Science and Identification Services, National Forensic Services Laboratory, Vancouver
  • Kevin McQuiggin - Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Aaron Oliynyk - Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Jess Ram - Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services

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Patrick Neal, Program Coordinator

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