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.
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:
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.
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