Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Professional Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Professional Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Hybrid Program


9-12 months


UCR Extension

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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

Real People. Real Results.

“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

To earn this certificate, individuals must complete 26 quarter units and a 400-hour practicum.

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.


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.

You will receive a certificate from UCR Extension and a certificate from the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU).

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

Computer Skills for the Crime Analyst

SOC X413

4 units

Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure


3 units

Quarter 2

Criminal Investigative Analysis

SOC X415

4 units

Quarter 3

Research Methods and Statistics in Crime Analysis

SOC X415.3

4 units

Introduction to Criminal Intelligence

SOC X415.2

4 units

Quarter 4

Introduction to Criminal Justice


3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“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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