Increasing Crime Analysis Capacity: Training for the Law Enforcement Executive


Project Purpose/Goal

Sound crime analysis processes are essential for police agencies to successfully integrate data-driven, evidence-based practices and management strategies. Although police leaders may recognize the importance of crime analysis, there are significant knowledge barriers to integrating effective crime analysis into daily operations. The Police Foundation, International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) and International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) are all committed to providing law enforcement executives the knowledge to effectively integrate crime analysis into their decision-making, and the operations of their agencies.


Approach, Results and Implications

This collaborative approach is framed around the following goals and deliverables:

  • Providing executives access to crime analysis research and evidence-based practices in a direct and meaningful way.
  • Conducting two-day crime analysis workshop for chief executives in which workshop participants are guided through the development of a customized plan to establish or enhance analysis within their own departments.
  • Developing foundational material to increase the crime analysis training capacity for executives.
  • Broadly diffusing crime analysis knowledge for executives through targeted presentations at local, regional, and national conferences and via online training provided by IADLEST.
  • Disseminating “best practices” and lessons learned from this initiative through a final report and through articles submitted to both academic and professional publications.


Funding & Collaboration

This project was supported by cooperative agreement number 2013-DP-BX-K003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities.

The Police Foundation has partnered with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training in organizing two-day crime analysis workshops for law enforcement agencies across the U.S.  The mission of IADLEST is to research, develop, and share information, ideas and innovations with law enforcement managers and leaders, and is primarily focused on criminal justice standards and training.

The International Association of Crime Analysts is an instrumental partner in this initiative. IACA was formed in 1990 to help crime analysts around the world improve their skills and make valuable contacts, to help law enforcement agencies make the best use of crime analysis, and to advocate for standards of performance and technique within the profession itself.


Project Status 

This project was concluded in 2017.


Points of Contact

Blake Norton
Senior Vice President
(202) 833-1460

Maria Valdovinos
Senior Research Associate
(202) 833-1460



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