Canadian Police College
Criminal intelligence analysis is an investigative tool that supports investigators or operational units during the course of an investigation. Through data collection and interpretation, the process of analysis allows analysts and investigators to make sense of assembled facts and discover the nature of relationships between seemingly unconnected elements.
Introduction to Criminal Intelligence Analysis is designed to provide law enforcement personnel with basic intelligence analysis skills. The course focuses on the intelligence process, critical thinking, and link analysis techniques. Learners will also apply various analysis techniques to a case study and prepare a criminal intelligence report based on that exercise.
When you have completed this course you will be able to:
- Identify the five major components of the intelligence process and give a brief explanation of each
- Explain the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning
- Develop hypotheses from relevant data
- Use inductive reasoning to draw reliable conclusions or inferences
- Prepare a link analysis diagram
- List the eight steps, in their proper sequence, that are required when transforming “raw data” into a link analysis diagram
- Construct a link analysis diagram which shows relationships between individuals and/or organizations
- Prepare an association matrix by analyzing material
- Construct a link analysis diagram by analyzing material
- Identify the essential components of an analysis report
See also: Introduction to Criminal Intelligence Analysis