In 2003, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) developed the Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Academy (FLEAA). This academy is the first of its kind in the nation. Analysts learn criminal and intelligence analysis skills that are used by law enforcement and other emergency responders to successfully prevent crime and conduct complex investigations as well as a variety of other complex analytical skills. The academy is a six-week program delivered over a six-month period (one week each month).
In 2004, FDLE developed a 40-hour Florida Basic Analyst Training (FBAT) course. This course was designed to train newly and recently hired analysts in the field of law enforcement analysis. The course offered instruction blocks that lay the groundwork for their career in criminal or intelligence analysis.
During 2005, FDLE developed a new course Computer Applications and Analytical Techniques (CAAT) which was a 40-hour course designed to train analysts in using computer applications to conduct investigative analysis. The Basic and Computer courses served as training "stepping stones" and were required to be completed prior to attendance in the Academy.
In January 2009, both the FBAT and CAAT classes were re-designed into the Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Training I and Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Training II (FLEAT). These courses address skills that are necessary for a law enforcement analyst and are requirements for attending the Academy. Prior to attending FLEAT I, students will be asked to complete an Excel™ Skills Assessment Tool. If the student successfully completes the tool, they will exempt the Excel™ portion of the course. Students will be notified prior to the start of the course if they have qualified for the exemption. At the conclusion of the FLEAT I course, those students who did not exempt originally will complete the Excel™ Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT) again. Students should be able to complete this Assessment Tool in the time allotted. Students unable to successfully complete the ESAT after FLEAT I may be required to attend additional computer classes prior to acceptance into FLEAT II and/or the Academy.
The first Certified Law Enforcement Analyst Training (CLEAT) seminar was held September 14 – 16, 2011 in Orlando. One hundred-eleven certified analysts from 63 local and state law enforcement agencies (including 26 FDLE members) participated in the 3-day seminar. Training was offered on a variety of advanced analytical topics including Geographic Profiling, Intelligence-led Policing, Threshold Analysis, Open Source Intelligence, Social Networking, Facial Recognition, Fraudulent Document Identification, Sovereign Citizens, and advanced computer skills.
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