Professional Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Professional Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Classroom Program


9-12 months


26 Units

UCR Extension

As communities grow, the ability to detect patterns from crime data will continue to be an important part of crime prevention. Learn how to extract the details without losing sight of the "bigger picture.” Analyze the information using rigorous research standards you learn from our comprehensive Professional Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis. Upon successful completion of our certificate program, you will also be awarded the:
  • California State Department of Justice designation as a Certified Crime Analyst
  • Crime Analysis Certification from the Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU)

Designed For

For individuals who are:

  • In-service law enforcement personnel
  • Interested in entering law enforcement

What You'll Learn

  • Analyze crime and use law enforcement data to forecast when and where criminals are likely to strike.
  • Detect and understand distinctions among crime patterns.
  • Use crime and intelligence information to create directed patrol or tactical action plans that lead to an effective response.
  • Collect data, subject it to statistical tests, develop and test hypotheses, and write conclusions that adhere to commonly accepted criminal justice research standards.

The program also provides preparation for examinations required for federal and state court interpretation and county agencies, as well as professional organizations.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and other local state or federal government offices. They might include:

  • Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst
  • Crime analyst
  • Intelligence analyst

Program Overview


26 Units

“Having grown up in a socioeconomically disadvantaged community where crime rates were at an all-time high, I wanted to promote change. My program taught me that change is inspired through education, awareness, direction, and passion and is most rewarding when justice prevails.”

Selene Quiroz

UCR Graduate and Law Clerk
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Complete Required Courses totaling 26 units.  Complete a 400-hour supervised practicum with the crime analysis unit of a law enforcement agency.

Course Format and Locations:

Courses are offered in a variety of formats including  online, in-person classroom, and blended/hybrid (combination of online and classroom).

Courses are scheduled at the UCR Extension Center, and at our Los Angeles satellite location at LA CLEAR in Commerce.


Upon successful completion of the of the Professional Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis, participants will have met the requirements to receive the Certified Crime Analyst designation from two entities:

  • The California State Department of Justice
  • The Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (

The UCR Extension Professional Certificate, and the DOJ and LEIU certifications are mailed directly to each student.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Crime Analysis Applications

SOC X415.1

4 units

The crime analysis function within the law enforcement organization, including how to develop, implement and operate a crime analysis unit and discussion of the nexus between crime analysis, field and investigative operations. Students learn how to collect, collate, analyze and use crime data to predict future crime occurrences, including when and where criminals may strike again. The course is for people who wish to prepare for a career as a crime analyst within a law enforcement organization, law enforcement employees who want to know how to use data and information to increase their effectiveness, and those who now – or may later – supervise crime analysis personnel.

Computer Skills for the Crime Analyst

SOC X413

4 units

Basic skills and computer software commonly encountered in law enforcement, geographic information systems and computer-generated link and time line analysis, including:

  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Photo databases
  • Graphic formats

Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure


3 units

Examination of the elements of crimes: crimes against persons, property, public health and safety, and others. Differences between felonies and misdemeanors and between crimes and torts are discussed.

  • The Penal Code structure
  • Overview of criminal procedure, including factual and legal burdens of proof
  • Corpus delicti issues
  • Procedures before, during, and after trial
  • Commonly encountered defenses
  • General sentencing issues are presented to help students understand criminal law in context
  • Aspects of evidence relating to proof of crimes and limitations imposed on the introduction of evidence

Quarter 2

Criminal Investigative Analysis

SOC X415

4 units

Criminal Investigative Analysis (formerly referred to as Psychological Profiling) is the analysis of crime scene patterns in order to identify the personality and behavioral characteristics of offenders who commit the serial crimes of rape and homicide. Topics covered:

  • Techniques required to identify the serial nature of crimes
  • Type of person who commits these crimes, their crime scene patterns
  • The offender's motivation for committing such offenses

Quarter 3

Research Methods and Statistics in Crime Analysis

SOC X415.3

4 units

Provides you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to analyze, interpret, and conduct research studies and initiatives. Topics include:

  • The language of research
  • Research design
  • Classic experimental model
  • Sampling and measurement
  • Attitudinal research methods
  • Behavioral research methods
  • Validity and reliability
  • Scales and statistics
  • Ethics and professionalism

Introduction to Criminal Intelligence

SOC X415.2

4 units

Methods to analyze crimes through basic techniques using graphical rather than quantitative methods. Students, in a workshop mode:

  • Study techniques necessary to prepare link diagrams.
  • Conduct telephone toll analysis
  • Perform hierarchical analysis
  • Prepare visual investigative analyses
  • Conduct basic financial analysis in search of crime-derived monies.

Quarter 4

Introduction to Criminal Justice


3 units

Types of crime, criminal justice models, criminality theories, and the legislative process with emphasis on special interest groups as they relate to the development of criminal law. Examines:

  • Issues in policing local communities and the judicial and correctional processes
  • Innovative programs and solutions in the area of drug education and enforcement
  • Implementation of community policing
  • Current issues involving accountability in all phases of the criminal justice process

“In the late 1970's, a top television series about an LA County Medical Examiner, "Quincy," caught my eye--and the rest is history. I believe that teaching is a valuable learning experience, as students have challenging questions that make one constantly re-evaluate a subject, and look at it from a different angle.”

Dr. Frank Sheridan

Chief Medical Examiner, County of San Bernardino
Assistant Professor
Loma Linda School of Medicine & Western University of Health Sciences

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