Crime and Intelligence Analysis Certificate Program

Certificate Sacramento6 months

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.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive certificates from the following organizations:

  1. Sacramento State — for completing the required courses
  2. Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU) — a nationally recognized certification


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 eight courses for a total of 148 instructional hours and a 400-hour practicum. All courses are held in Napa Hall on the Sacramento State campus.

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

It is required that students have a TI 30X IIS Scientific Calculator for participation in the Crime Analysis: Data Analysis course.

Course Waivers

Participants may waive no more than 36 hours total of CEU certificate courses to be eligible for the certificate of participation. This is to be understood as no more than two certificate courses. Partial class hours may not be waived. The CEUs for the waived courses cannot be reflected in the total CEUs earned for the certificate. Any participant requesting that a certificate course be waived must do so by submitting an Application for Equivalency form to the College of Continuing Education. Please call (916) 278-4433 to request this form.

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

Crime and Intelligence Course Descriptions

PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, due to COVID-19, all cohorts will be delivered online through a synchronous (real-time) format. We do not have confirmed schedules but plan to begin fall cohorts the week after Labor Day. We will update our website with more information once we have confirmed the dates. Please email Tiffany Vrattos to be added to our interest list and receive updates as they are available.