Crime Analysis (Special Topics) – Undergrad

The course provides an introduction to crime analysis. It focuses on types of analytical techniques regularly used by crime analysts, including strategic, tactical, and administrative oriented analysis. A focus on the class is developing numerical skills in office products (mostly Excel), using examples with real crime data. It also discusses ethical considerations crime analysts face.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Know how to conduct time series analysis of crime trends, and tell if an intervention reduced crime.
  • Be familiar with crime pattern analysis and geographic offender profiling
  • Know how to identify spatial hot spots of crime and chronic offenders, and what tactics police departments undertake to reduce crime in response to those problem people/places.
  • Have a portfolio of work to illustrate your analytical skills using Excel, Access, and other Microsoft Office products

Course Materials are below

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