Fall 2020 - CRIM 417 D200

Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

Criminal Intelligence Analysis

Class Number: 8439

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



A critical analysis of certain 'hot' issues in criminology and criminal justice. The topics covered change from term to term.


Provides an introduction to crime and intelligence analysis techniques used by law enforcement. Lab exercises will include hands-on use of Esri ArcMap 10 (GIS analysis) and IBM i2 Analyst Notebook (network analysis) tools used by law enforcement. Topics include: the taxonomy of structured analytic methods; analysis of competing hypotheses; decomposition and visualization; and a detailed examination of the intelligence process. The course will also cover the theoretical foundations of crime analysis and crime mapping, with a focus on the effectiveness of police in reducing crime through analytic driven initiatives.

Students will apply law enforcement technology and analysis techniques to crime issues and case studies ranging from homicide investigations, narcotics trafficking, and property offences. Classes are held remotely in a major crime and forensic crime analysis equipped virtual lab equipped with leading edge tools typically reserved for law enforcement only. Portions of the lab exercises involve analyzing actual police records management system (RMS) data from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and Homeland Security records. The course provides a basic analytic foundation for those students interested in pursuing a career in the law enforcement field, whether as an analyst or intelligence officer, as well as existing law enforcement professionals interested in formalizing their forensic analysis training.

Students are expected to attend weekly seminars delivered via Zoom. Please see Canvas for Zoom seminar links.

This course is seminar based and will be instructed using synchronous remote learning technologies during scheduled class time, including the use of a virtual desktop lab environment (VDI). Students are expected to contribute in the seminar group discussion via Zoom and participate in lab tutorials. Students will also interact using Canvas discussion streams. Access to a stable Internet connection and the SFU platform is necessary, and students must ensure they have a microphone and web camera on their computer. Students should be prepared to attend class synchronously, via Zoom during the 3-hour class period and engage in the discussion and experiential learning. All assignments will be submitted on-line through Canvas. Additional materials and readings will be posted on Canvas.


Students will develop an understanding of the intelligence analysis process and how to apply these skills and knowledge within the Canadian legal framework to discover crime patterns, identify potential suspects, distinguish the modus operandi amongst linked offences and develop an investigative action plan using a major case management model (MCM).


  • First Exam 25%
  • Lab Exercises 40%
  • Zoom Participation 10%
  • Second Exam 25%


Given the technical nature of the lab exercises and applied learning, it is imperative that students are able to attend the scheduled seminar sessions.



1. Santos, Rachel Boba (2016). Crime Analysis With Crime Mapping. (4th Edition). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications Inc. (ISBN: 978-1-5063-3103-4)

2. Heuer, Richards and Pherson, Randolph (2020). Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis. (3rd Edition). Washington DC: CQ Press. (ISBN 978-1-5063-6893-1)

3. Prox, Ryan (2020). Practitioner’s Guide to Intelligence Analysis. (4th Edition). Burnaby, BC: Simon Fraser University BCcampus OpenEd. SKU: CTB012-01. https://orders.docsol.sfu.ca/books/product/practitioners-guide-to-intelligence-analysis/

Department Undergraduate Notes:

If you have any Criminology course enrollment requests (course adds, course swaps), please contact a Criminology advisor. Please do not contact instructors for enrollment assistance as they will ultimately refer you to a Criminology advisor.

Criminology course enrollment requests should be sent to a Criminology advisor no later than the last day of the Second week of classes. Late enrollment requests are subject to approval and are not guaranteed. 

Enrollment requests for non-Crim courses should be directed to the advisor for the program offering the course. 

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Center for Accessible Learning, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • The University has formal policies regarding academic dishonesty and grade appeals. Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with policy S 10.01, the Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct, available on the University’s website. Information about grade appeals may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.

Please note that all teaching at SFU in fall term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).