Geographic Profiling Analysis Course Overview
This program is designed to give analysts, investigators, detectives, and managers the background and skills to interpret geographic profiles correctly and to make actionable recommendations. Students learn through presentations given by subject matter experts, through the study of real cases, group dialogue, and a field exercise as well as hands-on training with the professional geographic profiling software RIGEL. This course is approved by the Committee for Geographic Profiling Analyst Training and Certification (CGPATC), and graduates are eligible for certification as Geographic Profiling Analysts.
GPA I – Basic Concepts (1 week)
Basic introduction to the concepts and theory of geographic profiling. It covers the mathematics and statistics behind the techniques, and the essentials of crime pattern theory, mental maps and criminal hunting areas are introduced. This course is also available as a computer-based tutorial with instructor guidance.
GPA II – Practical Application (1 week)
Hands-on instructional course that focuses on applying geographic profiling techniques to actual cases. Emphasis is on effective analysis, scenario development, geoprofile interpretation, and investigative strategies. The RIGEL software is introduced and is used extensively in this part of the course.
GPA III – Advanced Geographic Profiling (1 week)
Advanced techniques and special considerations for geographic profiling of violent crime and complex crime series. Includes additional training on advanced software features not covered in the basic GPA II course. Reading lists and recommendations for further related training are provided.
GPA Refresher (1 day)
A short 1-day refresher for those who have previously taken the GPA-II course and want to brush up on their skills and techniques.
Who Can Attend?
Crime and Intelligence Analysts, Detectives, Investigators, and Law Enforcement Personnel
Serial Crime, Case Linkage Analysis, Criminal Hunting Methods, Environmental Criminology, and Behavioral Geography
To register for any upcoming Geographic Profiling Analysis course, please fill out and submit the following form. An email confirmation will be sent to the email address you list. To indicate your interest in attending an upcoming course or to request more information, please use the Comments field.
You can find a list of courses currently offered in the Course Calendar.
Courses are subject to cancellation at any time up until the start date. If a course is canceled, all fees paid in advance will be fully refunded or credited against a future GPA course at the registrant’s option. The course organizer accepts no responsibility for any non-refundable expenses incurred by the registrant in case of cancellation.
All registrations are subject to review by the course host venue and lead instructor prior to being accepted to ensure that registrants meet the course requirements. Paid registrations may be switched to an alternate person, subject to review and acceptance. Registrants will be notified promptly of acceptance.