GPA – London UCL

Course Location

UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

35 Tavistock Square

London, WC1H 9EZ

ECRI Advanced Crime Investigation Training

Course Date

Runs annually in July, see the training schedule for the next scheduled date.

Course Tutors

Spencer Chainey (UCL)

Colin Johnson, Professional Geographic Profiling, SOCA

Paul Hodgson, Professional Geographic Profiler and former Director of Analytical Services, Isle of Man Constabulary

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

Days: Monday – Friday

Time: 8:30am-5:00pm

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

Days: Monday – Friday

Time: 8:30am-5:00pm

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.

Topics Covered

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

Who Can Attend?

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


Please visit the Course Booking Website.