CPD and short courses

The department offers a number of continuing professional development short courses aimed at police, community safety partnership (CSP) analysts, researchers and information officers. These take place in London and vary in length from one day to two-weeks (depending on the course).

Masterclasses for all

Problem solving, analysis and evidence-based responses to crime (one day)

This 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.

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Strategic assessments: crime and ASB reduction (one day)

This course explores the production process of the Strategic Assessment, what needs to go into it and the main approaches for structuring content including crime chapters, the problem-oriented approach and chapters on strategic priorities.

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Analyst courses

Crime analysis (four days)

This 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.

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Geographic profiling analysis (two weeks)

This 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.

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Masterclass: Hypothesis testing analysis (one day)

This 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.

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GIS: Understanding hotspots (one day)

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

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GIS: Advanced hotspot analysis (one day)

This 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.

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GIS: Predictive mapping (one day)

This 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.

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GIS: Neighbourhood analysis (one day)

This 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.

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