Crime and Intelligence Analysis Certificate Program

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Crime and Intelligence Analysis


Arm yourself with the skills necessary for assisting law enforcement in the investigation and apprehension of offenders in the Crime and Intelligence Analysis certificate program.

In this program, you will focus on skill development in collecting and analyzing crime data and identifying crime patterns and trends for the forecasting of future crime occurrences. Participants will also learn how criminal profiles are developed, document illicit relationships and use statistical techniques to prepare predictive and descriptive reports of individuals, associations, flow, operations, and threats based on distillation and synthesis of all available information. You will receive practical instruction in crime analysis, criminal investigative analysis, organized crime and intelligence analysis, and law enforcement research and statistical methods.

To be successful in this program:

  • Participants should have a rudimentary knowledge of the criminal justice system (completion of previous course work in criminal justice or on-the-job training will suffice).
  • Participants must be proficient in using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint (all assignments will require the use of one or more of these applications).

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a certificate from Sacramento State — for completing the required courses and practicum hours.


The Crime and Intelligence Analysis program equips participants with the skills and techniques necessary to:

  • Understand the role of crime analysts within a law enforcement agency
  • Apply predictive analytics to forecast future crime trends
  • Analyze evidence of conspiratorial activities, evaluate the validity of the data, and determine how to present criminal intelligence reports
  • Identify behavioral and personality characteristics of offenders to assist law enforcement in their investigation of suspects
  • Conduct research in the criminal justice field and present findings using various statistical methods


The program is designed for:

  • Those involved in crime and intelligence analysis with no formal training
  • Law enforcement employees
  • Those who supervise crime and intelligence personnel
  • Professionals working in related fields who desire future employment in crime and intelligence analysis


The Crime and Intelligence Analysis certificate program consists of four courses and a supervised practicum:

CA 101 A & B
CA 102 A & B
CA 103 A & B
CA 104 A & B

The 400-hour supervised practicum must be done in a crime and intelligence unit of a law enforcement agency, or law enforcement branch of a governmental agency to demonstrate the practical application of knowledge and skills acquired in the program.  Participants must complete the practicum within three (3) years of completion of all coursework.

Technology Requirements

This program is delivered entirely online. In order to participate, it is required that you have basic computer skills, a working email address and access to a computer.


Facts at a Glance
Crime and Intelligence Analysis Program

Total Cost: $3,757
Prices are subject to change; please confirm program pricing before your cohort begins.
Duration: 9 months
Format: Courses are delivered online and are asynchronous.
Student Success Story

Alicia O’Brien
Crime and Intelligence Analysis Certificate Program

Ever since high school, Alicia O’Brien wanted a career in law enforcement, but not as a police officer on the street. She found her niche in the criminal justice field while completing the Crime and Intelligence Analysis Certificate Program.

Course Listing

Courses and Schedule
Crime and Intelligence Analysis

2023 – 2024 Schedule

This certificate program consists of five courses designed to be taken in the order listed. The practicum requirement is completed independently throughout the program.

The 2023-2024 cohort is full. Please contact the program coordinator, Amberly Macias, to join our list and be notified when registration begins for the 2024-2025 cohort.