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Crime Analysis


Crime Analysis (4 day short course)

“Excellent - has now made me so much better prepared for producing strategic assessments and problem profiles” Police Senior Intelligence Analyst

This 4 day training course is for police and CSP analysts, researchers and information officers.  The course provides a robust grounding and development of problem-solving and intelligence-led analytical methods and processes.

The course is designed to improve an analyst’s awareness of data that can be used for analysis, and extend their skills in analytical techniques, problem solving and how their analytical products can (and should) influence decision-making.  The course is very interactive, and places great emphasis on helping analysts to develop good quality analytical and intelligence products, particularly problem profiles and strategic assessments.  In particular we focus on helping analysts to develop intelligence products that not only provide a description of a problem, but a real understanding of that problem, and how it can be tackled.  We illustrate these principles, the use of data, analytical techniques and methods for confidently influencing decision-making with examples from practice and research.  The course is applicable to all types of crime, disorder and ASB, and explores concepts of offending behaviour, victim vulnerability, and place-based criminal activity.

The course draws from our award winning 'Become a Problem-Solving Crime Analyst' manual, and adds to it with practical research and lessons learnt that we and others have developed over the last 10 years.

Our course tutors have either previously been analysts and/or work very closely with analysts in many police forces and CSPs in the UK.  They also have extensive international knowledge of intelligence-led policing and problem solving.

The course is held at our offices in London, but can also be delivered at your site for a minimum of 8 staff.

Crime Analysis (4 day short course)

Aimed at: Police, CSP analysts, researchers and information officers

Length: 4 days

Interest groups: problem-solving, data (from a diverse range of public agencies) and its use, information sharing, analytical methods and techniques, strategic assessments, problem profiles, tactical assessments, performance analysis, influencing decision-making, designing responses, assessing the impact of responses

Entry requirements: The course is designed to cater for all levels.  We introduce recently appointed staff to concepts, methods and techniques, and push more experienced analysts by introducing them to new techniques, ways to use data and how they can ensure their intelligence products are effectively used.  The course suits both tactical and strategic forms of analysis.

More details on the course and the course programme can be downloaded here

A.   Principles, concepts and theory that are relevant to crime analysis
In this first part of the course we review the principles of problem-solving and thinking scientifically, and illustrate the differences between good and bad analysis.  We explore the practicalities of doing analysis (within the processes and structures of policing and community safety partnerships) and identify what a good analysis product should consist of.  Many students may already be familiar with problem-solving principles and certain theories.  On this part of the course, we take this to the next level by critiquing its application and relevance to the current production of intelligence in police forces and Partnerships.

B.   Crime analysis techniques

A core part of the course involves exploring the diverse range of data that can be used for helping to understand crime (and ASB), and the applicability of a wide range of analytical techniques.  We structure this by exploring, in turn, data and analytical techniques that help to understand places, offenders and offender management/treatment, and victim/target vulnerability.  In these three sessions, analysts find out about data that they were not previously aware of, how it can be used, and analytical techniques that can be applied.  We also illustrate analytical techniques that most have never heard of, but yet are simple to apply and in many cases offer significantly more than some of the routine techniques they currently apply.  In addition, we practically critique the role that hypotheses testing can play in assisting the production of good quality analysis, taking the analyst through how this can be applied in practice.

These sessions are all about developing an analyst’s awareness and knowledge on how they can go about analysing crime problems by adding several new tools to their toolkit.  The sessions are also about activating that imaginative and creative spark that all analysts have, but which has become clogged by some of the day-to-day routine they experience in the workplace.  We spark them back into life!  Or, for those who are already firing, we add a few more cylinders to their engine ...

C.   Influencing decision-makers
Producing good quality analysis that provides an in-depth understanding of the problem is all well and good, but unless it influences the decision-making on implementing effective responses, it is redundant.  In these sessions we focus on helping the analyst to build their confidence in how they can ensure their analysis is used.  This includes providing them with tips on how to style the content of analytical products, present results, develop their knowledge on what types of responses work (and what doesn’t), and techniques they should use for monitoring, assessing and evaluating the impact of responses.

D.   Overcoming the problems of problem-solving and being able to do good analysis
We conclude the course by reviewing the common problems associated with being able to conduct good analysis, and provide tips on how these can be overcome.  We do this because we recognise that it may be hard for an analyst to apply everything they learn when they return to their workplace.  We provide them with advice on how to make the best use of what they learnt on the course.

Course tutors: Spencer Chainey, Lisa Tompson, Aiden Sidebottom

Crime Analysis (4 day short course)

London, June 2012

Rated 4.35 out of 5 (10 reviews)

"I started as a Crime Analyst for the Metropolitan Police in 1992, working up to my current analytical management role in 2011 and of all the courses I have attended in that 19 year period, this is the best!"

"All course material was incredibly useful for my every day analysis activities"

"Very good overall and very knowledgeable trainers"

"Really liked the exercises, particularly those where we were taken through the use of hypotheses testing on our own crime problems"

"Thoroughly enjoyable, very useful"

"The risky facilities, crime pattern theories, hypothesis testing and self-selection were extremely interesting"

"Really good course - delivered all it promised"

London, June 2010

“Good active course – will definitely help me produce more professional and persuasive tools for decision-makers.”

“Probably the first course I’ve been on where I’ll leave with new skills I can use!”

“Feeling generally more competent and enthused about not just doing my work, but improving the way analysis is done in the partnership as a whole.  Thanks!”

“This course has given me the knowledge to produce a Strategic Assessment which is meaningful in order to influence decision-making.”

London, November 2009

“Excellent. Really good balance between interaction, lectures and exercises” CDRP Analyst

“I have been a police analyst for 6 years. I never really learn anything on the courses my Force send me on. If I’m honest, they are a bit of a waste of time. But this course ... Wow! I learned so much, particularly about different types of data and techniques” Police senior intelligence analyst

“All analysts should go on this course!” CDRP Information Officer

“Very informative, exceeded expectations, enjoyable. It was so practical” Police intelligence analyst

“I’m trying to improve analysis and problem solving in my CDRP and will use so much of what I have learnt over the last few days” CDRP Analyst

“I thought the way we were looked after was brilliant” CDRP Analyst

Crime Analysis (4 day course)

Course Dates:

Monday 21st - Thursday 24th September 2015 (day 1 start: 11.50am; day 4 finish: 4.00pm)

Course Cost: £1395

Group discount: 10% discount for bookings of two or more. To qualify, all group delegates must be booked at the same time.

Early booking discounts:
Book at least 6 weeks before the course date and you will receive 10% discount. This discount can be used in conjunction with the group discount.

Please ask for your discount when you book as these can not be given retrospectively.

Accommodation: UCL has a number of residences that are available to book when courses are held in the summer months.  These are available from £45 per night.  We recommend Frances Gardner House or James Lighthill House due to their proximity to the JDI and their facilities.  Please visit this site ( for more details and to make any accommodation bookings. We advise booking early.  The accommodation is basic, but clean and fantastic value for London.

For something a bit grander, but very good value for money (compared to local hotels) we recommend the Cartwright Gardens Apartments, or other apartment hotels that are local that can be found by searching Citybase Apartments listings (e.g. North Gower Street Apartments, Sky Apartments Kings Cross, Byng Place Apartments).  Prices start at £85:

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