Webinar Series for New Analysts

IADLEST, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation, is offering, at NO COST, a 4-part webinar training series to prepare law enforcement personal who are starting their analytical career.


This four-part webinar series is specifically intended for the “new” analyst who may be new to the analysis profession and may simultaneously seeking to support a law enforcement agency that is new to analysis-driven operations. In record numbers, law enforcement agencies of all sizes from all over Texas have hired their first analyst and, in most cases, these analysts are very bright and extremely capable, but are serving their first agency. That combination can often leave analysts unsure about how best to provide actionable analysis to their agency. These webinars are for them as well as any analyst seeking to do their best analysis on crashes, crimes, and other social harms.


The live webinars will start at 9:00 am CST and will run for one hour. Recordings of the completed webinar will be available by using the same Registration link.

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Date 2022 Topic Objectives More Details


November 16th Where to Start Webinar #1 Flyer #1 View Recording
November 30th Data Basics Webinar #2 Flyer #2 View Recording
December 7th Analysis Basics Webinar #3 Flyer #3 View Recording
December 14th Spatial Analysis Webinar #4 Flyer #4 View Recording


Debra J. Piehl, Analytical Director for Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety. International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

Debra supports and trains police personnel in the implementation of analysis-driven operations intended to reduce crashes, crimes and other social harms. Debra has been a crime analyst for many years and has served police agencies at the local, state, and federal levels and, most recently, served as the Senior Analyst at the New York City Police Department. In this position, she was responsible for the selecting, hiring, training, and supervising NYPD’s first civilian crime analysts. Over 90 analysts were deployed to all precincts and patrol boroughs and work today to support the Commanding Officers in CompStat and continued crime and crash reduction. Debra was the recipient of the first annual 2019 Bryan Hill IACA Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her efforts to support and mentor crime analysts around the world. She was also presented the International Association of Crime Analysts 2017 President’s Award in recognition of her meritorious contributions to the crime analysis profession and was also the 2010 and 2003 recipient of the same award from previous IACA presidents.

Craig Spingarn, Senior Crime Analyst, Denver Police Department, Denver, Colorado

Craig began his law enforcement career in 1993 as a Probation Officer in Weld County, Colorado, where he worked in various capacities, including as an investigator assigned to the Sex Offender team. In 2004, he was promoted to Supervisor of the Violent Offender Unit for the 17th Judicial District serving Adams and Broomfield Counties, where he worked until 2009. During this time, Craig was a Firearms Safety instructor at the Colorado Probation Academy and a Guest Lecturer at the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Criminal Justice. He was also responsible for the Probation Department’s Statistical Analysis. In 2011 Craig earned his MA in Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado, where he worked as a Graduate Assistant assigned to various Environmental Criminology projects. Craig also served as the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at Kaplan College for three years before joining the Denver Police Department. Since 2013 Craig has been employed as a Crime Analyst for the Denver Police Department’s District 4, where his responsibilities include implementing the DDACTS operational Model. Craig resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with his wife and children.

Session Objectives:


Creating Analytical Capacity: Webinar #1: Where to Start

The first webinar in the series presents a real-life example of analysis related to the theft of catalytic converters. We use this common analytic scenario and others to explain the basic goals of analysis and the responsibilities of analysts toward creating actionable information to reduce crashes, crime, and other social harms.

    1. Identify what crime analysis is.
    2. Identify how analysis contributes to Increased Public Safety.
    3. Describe the roles and responsibilities of analysts.


Creating Analytical Capacity: Webinar #2: Data Basics

The second webinar in this series reviews the basic datasets most common to analysis and specifically dives into the formats and structures of data from Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Records Management (RMS) and related crash report modules to explain how data from reports is stored, managed and most easily accessed in ways that will support analysis.

    1. Identify the different types of data needed for crime analysis.
    2. Describe the analysis process.
    3. Describe the purposes and differences between CAD and RMS data.
    4. Identify critical data elements and data structures.
    5. Outline crime definitions as dictated and structured by the FBI.

Creating Analytical Capacity: Webinar #3: Analysis Basics

The third webinar in this series gets into basic data formats and data access procedures and guides analysts toward basic but actionable analysis of crashes, crimes, police activity and other location-based data. We look at common and necessary data fields such as date, time, location, incidents (crime or crash), classifications, severity, etc., and how best to understand how this data is collected, common data quality issues and, very specifically, what to look for in the data.

    1. Identify 4 ways data can be accessed for analysis.
    2. Describe the goals of analysis.
    3. Describe how the MS Office Suite applications can be used for quality analysis.
    4. Display and explain common crime analysis statistics.

Creating Analytical Capacity: Webinar #4: Spatial Analysis

The fourth and final webinar in this series explores the basic concepts of spatial analysis and how it relates to place-based policing. With a heavy emphasis on crash analysis, we explain the value of mapping data within GIS applications, what is needed within the data to map points and the value of displaying crashes, crime and other data in spatial contexts can be used to support effective and efficient deployment of resources

    1. Describe how spatial analysis leads to increased effectiveness, efficiency, and improved community safety.
    2. Describe the importance of spatial analysis.
    3. Describe the steps to analyze using the DDACTS model.
    4. List resources and next steps.