This course addresses the critical need for well-trained intelligence analysts to interpret growing amounts of information. Topics include the intelligence cycle, analytical thinking skills, the importance of strategic analysis, communication and social media analysis, recommendation development, and legal and ethical issues. Students work hands-on with specialized software to synthesize information and develop various products of intelligence. The course was developed by a consortium that included the National White Collar Crime Center, Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit, the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis, and the Regional Information Sharing System.
- Analysis basics. Learn about the history and purpose of intelligence analysis, legal issues and ethics, sources of information, and the intelligence cycle.
- Types of analysis. Understand crime patterns, associations, flow, communications, and financial analysis.
- Creative and critical thinking. Learn about brainstorming, mind mapping, and the steps to critical thinking.
- Deterring crime. Understand strategic analysis as a tool for law enforcement personnel.
- Hands-on experience. Work as part of a team to analyze information pertaining to several hypothetical cases.