Criminal Intelligence and Analysis 

Instructor: Ken Sanz

Course Overview

In these turbulent times of increasing demands on resources, the heightened sophistication of criminals, the rise of predatory gang activity and the multitude of illicit activities that threaten our communities each day, the need for a responsible, proactive approach for determining and gauging the risks posed by crime and criminals is of critical importance.

This is an 8-week (40 hour) course shows you how to use the intelligence cycle to easily guide the transformation of your raw collected data into actionable intelligence. Once trained, you will be able to recognize the hidden characteristics, protocols, and behaviors associated with complex criminal events; identify and link conspiratorial relationships and networks; discover the connections between criminality and finances; and effectively monitor, collect (covertly, overtly, and electronically), organize, and analyze data relating to a wide range of criminal endeavors. You will also learn how to develop, manage, support, and successfully conduct analyses using a variety of collation and graphic management techniques. This knowledge can then be applied to the more complex investigations of crimes committed by predatory criminals, criminal enterprises, gangs, and the criminal conspirators who engage in economic/white collar crimes, drug/narcotic and sex offenses, human and weapons trafficking, identity theft and fraud, counterfeiting, corruption, and serial crimes.

Skill-building exercises enhance the learn-by-doing nature of the program. Actual investigations and criminal intelligence missions are also examined to further an understanding of the methods and techniques taught in the class and to demonstrate their practical application in today’s criminal environment.

The course curriculum is based on training recommendations contained in the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (NCISP). The NCISP is the most widely accepted source of guidance currently available for intelligence operations and training programs that support law enforcement efforts to establish a capacity for Intelligence-led policing. It is also POST certified in many states.

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New Analysts or Detailees

This course is ideal for a newly-assigned law enforcement analyst, corporate intelligence analyst or an invistigator focusing on narcotics, gangs or vice.  The course is also vital for any intelligence officers and analysts assigned to a fusion centers, Homeland Security details, couterterrorism efforts, or other specialized task forces.

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Officers and Prosecutors

This couse is for experienced analysts, officers, or investigators who have received little formal training related to the criminal intelligence process and function. It is also for those who employed by a prosecution unit that prepares cases related to narcotics, teroorism, or gangs.

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Supervisors and Managers

The course if also great for those who supervise analysts, officers, investigators, task forces, first responders or other personnel
who would benefit from a coordinated approach
to developing and supporting criminal investigations

What People Are Saying About This Course

This was far and away the most engaging and thorough training I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. I would recommend this class to anyone. 

Vanessa West, Joplin Police Department

The pace of the course was great and was presented in a way to be easily understood by everyone. This is a great course taught by a great instructor.

Daniel Sturges, US Army-Fort Hood CID

I thought the program was informative and extremely helpful. The instructor was well-versed in this type of work. I will definitely seek further opportunities through the Alpha Group. 

Brianna Palmer, New York Police Department

I believe this program is valuable training for any investigator who deals with long-term or complex investigations. 

Jeremy Balders, Fort Worth Police Department

It was great. My agency is starting a Real-Time Crime Center and is in the process of hiring ndw analysts. I will be suggesting that this training be mandatory.

Brandi Wilks, Baton Rouge Police Department

What You’ll Get


More Than 8 Hours of Video Lessons

Self-paced: take the course wherever and  whenever you like.


Text Book

A copy of Criminal Intelligence and Analysis: Processes, Protocols and Applications by Ken Sanz. Used extensively throughout the class, this comprehensive manual provides a reproduction of PowerPoint slides as well as copies of templates, graphics, charts, practical exercises, sources of information and supplementary reading materials authored by a number of leading authorities on criminal intelligence.

What You’ll Learn

Law enforcement officials send their sworn officers and civilian personnel to our Criminal Intelligence and Analysis courses because of our proven ability to provide them with high-quality, performance-oriented training. Class exercises are based on real-world crime problems officers, investigators and analysts are expected to solve each day. As such, students return to their agencies with not only the knowledge of what they should do, but, more importantly, how they should do it. Skills are developed by instructors who are intimately familiar with criminal intelligence analysis techniques, and by the students’ use of our comprehensive, easy-to-understand course materials. These elements contribute to the continued popularity of our Criminal Intelligence and Analysis training programs. Our success, however, comes from our achievement of one important goal: We turn Theory Into Practice.™

Course Content

•History of Intelligence and the Identification and Definition of What Intelligence is and What it is not

• The Mission, Objectives and Products of IntelligenceAnalysis and How They Benefit Today’s Policing Efforts

• The Differences Between Information, Investigation and Intelligence

• The 5-Step Process of the Intelligence Cycle

• Use of the Intelligence Cycle to Transform Information into Intelligence and How to Disseminate Intelligence

• The Differences Between and the Products of Tactical, Strategic, Operational, and Statistical Intelligence

• The Language and Terminology of Criminal Intelligence

• Inductive vs. Deductive Logic, Creative/Critical Thinking and Inference Development

• How to Identify Latent or Cloaked Crime Characteristics

• The Nature and Analysis of Repetitious Criminal Activity, Modus Operandi, Crime Patterns and Trends

• How to Work Smarter, Not Harder! Methods for Enhancing Efficiency and Effectiveness

• How to Identify Criminal Conspiracies, Organizations, Partnerships, Networks, Structures and “Jobs”

• Guidelines and Protocols for Targeting and Monitoring Criminal Conspiracies and Threats

• Hypothesis Development, Competing Hypotheses and the Development of a Collection “Plan”

• Follow the Money! Money Laundering, Financial Analysis and the Use of the Networth Method to Discover the Source and Distribution of Hidden Assets

• Sources and Resources of information, Data and Criminal Intelligence

• The Creation and Use of Time Lines, Flow Charts, Link (Association) Charts and Matrices

• Communication Analysis: Analyzing Telephone, Text and Email Messages

• How to Prepare and Present Intelligence Briefings

• Using Word, PowerPoint and Excel in Graphic Analysis

• Hands-On, Skill-Building Exercises and Real-World Applications of Criminal Intelligence Analysis

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Your Instructor: Ken Sanz

Ken Sanz began his law enforcement career in 1973 as an officer with the Tampa, Florida, Police Department and later became a detective assigned to the Vice Control Bureau and the Organized Crime Unit. It was then that Ken began to focus on criminal intelligence in furtherance of an effort to thwart the aggressive emergence of organized crime cartels, gangs and various other criminal networks in the state. It was during this latter assignment that Ken was appointed as a consultant to a State of Florida Subcommittee tasked with drafting the State’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt organization (RICO) Statute.

In 1982, Ken began his service as a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Until his retirement in 2007, Ken was actively engaged in the investigation of transnational crime syndicates operating in North and South America, the Caribbean nations, Asia, and Western Europe.

As a result of his experience, Ken is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and investigation of domestic and international criminal enterprises, gangs and extremist organizations. Ken has served as a consultant on criminal intelligence matters for many law enforcement agencies and has held the position of Chairman of the Central Florida Organized Crime Intelligence Group and President of the International Association of Asian Crime Investigations. He is also a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts and the Organized Crime Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Having pursued a dual major in Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of South Florida and now as a Certified Instructor by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, Ken has instructed for many city, state and federal law enforcement agencies, academies, colleges and universities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has also coordinated intelligence seminars for INTERPOL in Lyon, France, and for the joint US/People’s Republic of China Organized Crime Conferences on Asian Organized Crime held in Beijing. Ken has also worked with the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) to develop Criminal Intelligence Training Standards for the municipal and national police services in Columbia, South America.

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