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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.

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.

Certificate Requirements

  • 5 required courses
  • 1 elective
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+
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Recommended Course Sequence

We recommend you take courses in the following order:

  1. CCRM 100 - Introduction to Canadian Criminal Justice
  2. CODG 101 - Spatial Databases and Digital Cartography
  3. CODG 102 - Digital Geography and Spatial Analysis
  4. CODC 910 - Special Methods in Crime Analysis
  5. CODC 911 - Crime Analytics Project

Note: The elective may be taken at any point in the sequence.

Admission Criteria    

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status

Awards and Financial Aid

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Dr. Joe Aversa, Academic Coordinator.

Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 7149
Email:  certificates@geography.ryerson.ca

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