Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Academy

Traditionally, law enforcement has utilized criminal and intelligence analysts to assist in collecting data, determining crime trends and most importantly, supporting investigations. These analysts are frequently limited in number and generally are a shared resource among agencies or departments. The war on terrorism revealed the need for a higher level of analysis with the primary function of predicting and preventing criminal activity.

In 2003, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) developed the Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Academy. 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.

FDLE’s long-term goal in creating the Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Academy was to establish and provide a uniform training curriculum in the area of law enforcement analysis. In addition, the establishment of this analyst academy sets the foundation for a professional career path in criminal and intelligence analysis and investigations for non-sworn personnel in law enforcement.

During this five-week academy, the analysts are challenged with hands-on training, assignments and weekly quizzes. They develop the skills necessary to complete individual and group research projects. Students take a comprehensive examination following the completion of all course work. Successful graduates receive a state certification as a Law Enforcement Analyst.

To date, twenty-seven academies have been delivered and over 630 analysts have graduated, becoming certified law enforcement analysts in the state of Florida. These graduates represent over 100 different agencies and run the gamut of tasks and responsibilities possibly assigned to an analyst.

Historically, these programs have been funded by the Department of Homeland Security grant funds and hotel and per diem expenses were covered for eligible students. At this time, tuition is free for all law enforcement analysts. However, transportation to, during and from the training, the hotel and per diem costs are at the expense of your agency.

Federal analysts or analysts outside of the state can attend as space is available.

For more information, please email AnalystTraining@fdle.state.fl.us.