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Center for Criminal Justice
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, HSD 118
Long Beach, CA 90840
United States

ECRI Advanced Crime Investigation Training

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 gradutates are eligible for certification as Geographic Profiling Analysts.

GPA I – Basic (CA POST level 3 funded – travel, per diem, tuition)

Next Date: consult CSU web site
Course Overview: Basic introduction to the concepts and theory of geographic profiling. It covers serial crime, case linkage analysis, criminal hunting methods, environmental criminology, behavioral geography, crime patterns, routine activities, criminal hunting methods, and journey-to crime research. Case examples are used to illustrate major points.

GPA II – Advanced (CA POST level 4 funded – travel, per diem)

Next Date: consult CSU web site
Course Overview: This course builds on the GPA I and instructs students in the methodology of geographic profiling by using the Criminal Geographic Targeting (CGT) algorithm to determine the area of likely offender residence. This class is taught in a computer lab setting and consists of several cases which illustrate how to use geographic profiling techniques in a criminal investigation. Law enforcement personnel only.

Who Can Attend?

Crime and Intelligence Analysts, Detectives, Investigators, and Law Enforcement Personnel.

Topics Covered

Serial Crime, Case Linkage Analysis, Criminal Hunting Methods, Environmental Criminology, and Behavioural Geography


Lorie Velarde


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