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Short Courses

Short Courses

One-day What Works Masterclasses and Seminars

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What Works Seminar (in partnership with the NCA): Geographic Profiling

This one-off, 1-day seminar on the 24th March 2015 is designed to raise awareness about the role that geographic profiling can play to support investigations into a wide range of crimes - from rape and murder to street robbery and burglary, and from arson and sexual exposures to child abduction and fuel theft.

What Works Masterclass: Problem Solving and Implementing Evidence-Based Responses
This 1-day course addresses the key concepts involved in problem solving, the role that analysis plays in understanding crime (and ASB), and the principles involved in implementing responses.

What Works Masterclass: Strategic Assessments
This 1-day course explores the production process of the Strategic Assessment, what needs to go into it, and critiques the main approaches for structuring content: ‘crime chapters’; problem-oriented approach; and chapters on strategic priorities.  

Analyst Courses

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Crime Analysis
This 4-day course offers the essential skills that an analyst requires to become pro-actively involved in information-driven, evidence-led, problem solving approaches to reducing crime, ASB and other community safety issues.  The course is highly interactive, and is designed to improve an analyst’s awareness of data that are available across a range of agencies for analysis, extend their skills in analytical techniques, and build their confidence in ensuring that analysis is used to influence decision-making. The course places great emphasis on helping analysts to develop good quality problem profiles and strategic assessments.

Geographic Profiling Analysis
This 2-week course, delivered in partnership with the UK's National Crime Agency, is designed to give analysts the background and skills required to develop and to interpret geographic profiles correctly and to generate actionable recommendations.

Masterclass: Hypothesis Testing Analysis
This 1-day course introduces the hypothesis testing analysis approach that is designed to improve the explanatory content of problem profiles and other analytical materials.  Most analytical products developed in policing and community safety often only describe a problem, rather than understanding and explaining it.  On this course we take you through the practical application of the hypothesis testing method for analysis and illustrate its use across a full range of crime and community safety problems.

GIS and other computer-based courses

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Understanding Hotspots

This 1-day course introduces analysts and researchers to techniques for identifying and understanding hotspots, such as thematic mapping using geographic units and kernel density estimation.

Advanced Hotspot Analysis
This 1-day course develops an analysts skills for understanding hotspots and other spatial patterns of crime, in particular exploring techniques that provide a means of testing for spatial significance, such as the Gi* statistic.

Predictive mapping
This 1-day course explores the use of analysing repeat victimisation, near repeat victimisation and hotspot analysis for predictive mapping.  It draws heavily from our successful predictive policing and prospective mapping work that has been implemented in Greater Manchester, West Midlands and Derbyshire.

Neighbourhood Analysis
This 1-day course explores analytical techniques for identifying priority neighbourhoods (e.g. the Vulnerable Localities Index), explores the utility of geodemographic lifestyle datasets (e.g. MOSAIC and ACORN), and explores the data to consider in a Neighbourhood Profile.

Customised and Bespoke Courses

All our standard courses can be delivered at your site or at a venue that is more convenient to you.  We can also customise courses to fit your particular requirement (in some cases using your data), or use our extensive experience to develop a bespoke course.  This may include emphasis on one particular type of offence, or a course programme that is delivered in parts with the opportunity to conduct analysis and/or implement new initiatives as the course progresses.  Recent examples have included:

  • Robbery problem solving course
  • Violent crime masterclass (including town centre violence, domestic violence and sexual assaults)
  • Alcohol-related crime analysis (including defining alcohol-related crime, data sources, guidance on information sharing with A&E, data analysis, and responses that work)
  • Strategic assessment masterclass
  • Problem solving and analysis stretched course: delivered across 5 one-day sessions with 2-3 weeks between each session, with analysis being conducted between each session and reviewed.
  • Hotspot and neighbourhood analysis
  • Information sharing masterclass

Please click here to read reviews of bespoke courses.

Please contact Spencer Chainey to discuss your specific

Problem Solving for Neighbourhood Policing is a short guide for police officers and others on neighbourhood policing teams who want to tackle local crime and disorder problems. The guide explains why solving problems is important, how to use the Scanning–Analysis–Response–Assessment (SARA) process for solving problems, how to understand a problem in depth and how to co-operate with other organisations to help solve problems. The guide also includes links to further resources.

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