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Data Fluency and Analysis for Law Enforcement Leaders – LEPS 550 (Community Assessment: Crime and Criminal Justice)

Course Description

In today’s law enforcement and public safety field, leaders need to be able to justify resource allocation decisions, present data-driven initiatives, and demonstrate success and failure with sound data and evidence. This course nurtures a contemporary and critical understanding of the importance of crime data and related evidence to maximizing both ethics and efficacy within agencies. Honing in on intelligence-led, evidence-based, data-driven policing, students will learn how to effectively present accurate, detailed crime data and related evidence for key stakeholders.


3 units

Course Highlights:

  • Explore strategies for managing the mountains of data from new law enforcement related technology such as facial recognition, biometrics, BWCs, predictive policing models, etc. and the ethics surrounding these areas.
  • Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and well-intentioned mistakes when displaying data.
  • Identify practical ways to use data in promotional interviews and personnel evaluations.

Examples of Past Student Projects:

  • Vehicle Trespasses: Crime Data & Intelligence-Led Policing Strategies
  • Aggravated Assaults in San Diego 2014-2015: An Intelligence-Led Response
  • Marine Corps Law Enforcement Intelligence Led Policing
  • Intelligence-Led Policing: Evaluating the Effectiveness of the XX Police Department’s Strategic Response to Auto Theft
  • “Focus On Four”: An ILP-Centric Approach for XX County’s Auto Theft Problem

Student Comments:

“One of the most topical and useful courses I have taken. It stimulated discussion among my detectives and supervisors. It also showed me a number of deficiencies with my own agency and gave me direction to fix those deficiencies.”
-Fall ’19 Student

“This course was amazing, and difficult. There was a great deal of information to assimilate and process. The instructor was informative and encouraging. His feedback was helpful and guiding. The material and its presentation had a contagious effect in that it offered students an opportunity to be curious and delve deeper in the subjects presented.”
-Fall ’19 Student

“I found this class very useful. I have already started to use what I have learned in this course to my employer. Thank you!”
-Fall ’19 Student

“This was an exciting course that enriched my perspectives. My agency does not currently use ILP and similar data to their full extent. After this class, I have many creative ideas and potential strategies for my agency to consider.”
-Fall ’19 Student

“As a young police officer with less than 4 years on the job I did not have a lot of experience in the management side of policing. This course was fun, challenging, and eye opening. I believe I will only become a better police officer and future law enforcement leader because of it.”
-Fall ’19 Student

“The material is very relevant to modern day law enforcement challenges, and at my tenure, this will be more prevalent as my career progresses.”
-Fall ’19 Student

“This class provided me with the extra tools necessary to communicate better with the community. I feel more confident engaging in community groups now.”
-Fall ’19 Student

“This course was immensely valuable to my career as a law enforcement leader.”
-Fall ’19 Student

“The topical discussions and methods helped me see deficiencies in my own agency.”
-Fall ’19 Student

“I appreciated the instructor using his experience as a chief of police to show why the course material is relevant and important.”
-Fall ’19 Student