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The use of crime analysis and intelligence-led policing is increasingly being adopted by policing agencies across Canada. This certificate provides students with a theoretical foundation and extensive practical experience in using crime analysis tools for tactical, strategic, and administrative decision-making in law enforcement. Crime analytics in law enforcement or security agencies is usually carried out by the civilian workforce, rather than uniformed or sworn law enforcement personnel.
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What Will You Learn?
You will examine the role of crime analysts in evidence-based policing and gain practical GIS mapping, data analysis, and decision support, as well as broader foundational knowledge in criminal justice, policing, and criminal behaviour. You will also be provided with a critical understanding of the potential uses and misuses of data analysis.
Who Should Take This Certificate?
This certificate is designed to be taken at any point during your academic or professional path. This field will be attractive to learners who are looking to develop skills that will enhance their employment potential, especially for those who have an interest or previous background in criminology, urban planning, geography, psychology, and sociology.
Industry and Careers
Crime analysts are hired by law enforcement agencies (local, provincial, and federal) and agencies concerned with national security. Some crime analysts also work for private consulting firms and financial institutions.
- 5 required courses
- 1 elective
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+
Recommended Course Sequence
CODC 910 must be taken after CODG 101 and CODG 102.
CODC 911 is a capstone course and should be taken as the final course in your certificate.
Note: The elective may be taken at any point in the sequence.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
- With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits
- Mature student status
Awards and Financial Aid
Questions? Contact Raymond Garrison, Academic Coordinator.