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Source: British Columbia Institute of Technology

Crime and intelligence analysis degree option opens at BCIT

October 25, 2006

The British Columbia Institute of Technology will soon be furnishing law enforcement with graduates trained in crime and intelligence analysis, as the institute launches a new degree option in Forensic Investigation.

The CIA, or Crime and Intelligence Analysis, option is the first of its kind in Canada and unique internationally as it includes applied research. In addition to core courses in liberal studies, CIA students will take courses in applied management, legal framework, investigative framework, as well as a practicum and various electives. Some of the eight new courses to be offered as part of the program include: crime analysis, crime mapping and national security analysis. Students will also learn geographic profiling and how to use the internet for investigations.

"We expect 25 students to enter the program this fall, many of those coming from areas within law enforcement and security. These are professionals looking to upgrade their skills or explore a new career path," says Alex Tyakoff, coordinator of the CIA program and a crime analyst with the Delta Police force.

This Friday, October 27, BCIT officially launches the CIA option with a day of speakers and displays at BCIT's downtown campus. Guest speakers represent police forces from across North America, including: Chief John Douglass of the Overland Park Police Department in Kansas, an FBI graduate and chair of the board of directors of the Heart of America Computer Forensics Lab; Sergeant James Gordon of the Los Angeles Police Department, who is currently assigned to the LAPD's Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau; Sergeant Carl Sesely, a geographic profiler with the RCMP; Dennis Fiorido, director of the Criminal Intelligence Service of British Columbia and the Yukon; and Angus Stewart, leader of KPMG's corporate intelligence practice and co-chair of Canada's Overseas Security Advisory Council.

Speakers will cover topics such as trends in computer statistics, future developments in intelligence-led policing, and technological advances in crime and intelligence analysis. As well, several leading geographic mapping and global positioning software providers will be on hand to demonstrate their systems along side displays from BCIT Forensics.

More than 75 people are expected to attend the day-long event. For more information or to register, please contact Christine Watt at 604-412-7539.


For further information, media can call:

Allison Markin, Media Relations Manager
Tel. 604-432-8773
Cell 604-836-6700

For general information about studies in forensics, visit the School of Computing and Academic Studies, search for part-time courses, or call 604-434-1610 for program and course information.



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