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Minimum Standards for Intermediate-Level Analytic Training Courses

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28 pages
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This document’s purpose is to articulate the minimum training standards for ensuring continuity and consistency among training courses developed for intermediate-level intelligence and crime analysts, as well as to create parity of knowledge, skills, and abilities among those analysts.


This document provides the minimum training standards for intermediate-level analysts, so that trainers can ensure the development and delivery of relevant, consistent, and quality training to all intelligence and crime analysts. The primary audience for this resource is training providers, for their use as they develop and deliver intermediate-level training to analysts or personnel performing an intelligence and crime analytic function; analyst supervisors and agency leadership may also use the standards provided here in order to identify current competency levels and training gaps, and to create professional development plans for analysts based on agency needs and mission. The document emphasizes that training standards are best used for development of training rather than performance measures. The minimum standards included here were developed collaboratively by state, local, and tribal practitioners; training providers; law enforcement and intelligence agency leadership, and analytic supervisors; and federal partners, including agencies in the Intelligence Community. The document lays out the seven objectives that were identified to meet minimum standards for intermediate-level analytic training courses: ensuring the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties; thinking critically within the intelligence and analysis process; understanding the importance of sharing information and collaborating in a law enforcement or homeland security environment; fusing intelligence and law enforcement analytic tradecraft in a law enforcement or homeland security environment; communicating analytic observations and judgments and generating analytic products; making concepts and principles actionable; and developing leadership and project management skills. The minimum standards are organized according to those seven objectives.

Date Published: January 1, 2013