Geographic Profiling Analysis I (Basic)

Harness the Predictive Power of Geography. This course introduces students to the theory and methodology of geographic profiling, a process that uses crime locations to prioritize areas to search for an offender.  This class is designed for police investigators, crime analysts, and others interested in the geography of crime and its application to criminal investigation. It uses a hands-on approach to plotting and mapping crime trends.


$593.00 - 40 Hours, POST Plan IV


Course Control Number



Buena Park Police Department 
6640 Beach Blvd. 
Buena Park, CA 90622

For those participants who will be flying in, the Long Beach Airport is the closest airport.


Because classes fill up quickly, we strongly encourage registering as soon possible. Please have your training department contact the Center for Criminal Justice at CSULB or call 562.985.4940 to make your reservations. If you make a reservation via email please include the following information:

  • Name and Date of Class
  • Training Managers Name
  • Training Managers Phone Number
  • Training Managers Email Address
  • Agency Name
  • Name of Attendee(s)
  • POST ID # for Attendee(s)
  • Email address for Attendee(s)

You will receive a confirmation email letting you know that we have registered you for the class. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis, a wait list will be established once the maximum number of students has been met.

Course Outline

Topical Areas

  • The theoretical foundations, definitions, concepts, and principles of geographic profiling
  • Crime patterns and routine activity theories, and how they apply to criminal investigations
  • The nature of serial crime
  • Crime linkage, and linkage analysis techniques in the investigation of serial crime
  • Geography of crime research and its implications for police investigations
  • Operational capabilities and limitations of geographic profiling