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What is CICA?

The Center for Intelligence and Crime Analysis (CICA) was established in January 2023 and is housed within the Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice. Our mission is to assist public safety agencies by enhancing their analytical capabilities through professional development, education, and research.

The public and private sectors operate in an environment fraught with threats and opportunities. The interconnected nature of American society increases the severity of manmade and natural threats facing public and private organizations. Building organizational resiliency and improving performance is predicated on an understanding of external and internal risk factors.

CICA’s goal is to enhance public safety through expanded and improved data analytics.  

Three Areas of Focus

The Center for Intelligence and Crime Analysis (CICA) seeks to fulfill its mission through three areas of focus.

Academic Program(s) at Sam Houston State University

  • Degree Programs
  • Certification Programs
  • Internship Programs

Professional Development Courses for Practitioners, Including:

  • Agencies in the Public and Private Sectors that protect critical infrastructure
  • Law-Enforcement (Police)
  • Corrections
  • Court Systems/DA Offices

Direct Research and Technical Assistance

Crime Analysis Courses & Certificate Program

These skills-focused courses are taught by experts in the law enforcement and criminology fields and are held throughout the calendar year. Most of our courses are offered in person only at the Sam Houston State University campus in The Woodlands, Texas. However, our independent courses are offered virtually. See below for more information.

Professional Development Courses for Analysts

For more information click on a course title listed below. These courses are offered in-person only.

Foundations of Crime Analysis

  • Types of crime and problem analysis
  • Models of contemporary policing (community policing, intelligence-led, problem solving)
  • Evidence based practices
  • Research methods and data quality assessments
  • Data analysis basics
  • Communication strategies
  • Case studies

Databases and Analysis

  • Database Fundamentals
  • SQL
  • Organizing data for analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Data visualization
  • Data analysis tools
  • Microsoft Office

Introduction to Social Network Analysis (SNA)

  • Theory and methodology of social network analysis
  • Gephi
  • Lab-based learning
  • Communicating results
  • Course project using organizational data sets

Crime and Problem Mapping

  • Purposes of spatial analysis
  • Importing Data
  • Geocoding data
  • Spatial analysis
  • Communicating results
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • Case studies

Special Topics Courses

These classes are separate from the certificate program and can be taken at any time. Click on the links for more information.

Dashboards and Data Visualization with Power BI
January 18, 2024
Virtual and In-Person in The Woodlands, TX
Register Here!

Social Media Investigative Tools
Upcoming Dates TBD
Virtual and In-Person in The Woodlands, TX

For inquiries or next available course dates, please email

Crime Analysis Certificate Program - Spring/Summer 2024

Foundations of Crime Analysis
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Databases & Analysis
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Introduction to Social Network Analysis
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Crime and Problem Mapping
TBD 2023
More Information

Please note, these four core courses are only taught in person, there is not an option to attend these courses virtually.



Crime Analysis Certificate Information

Crime Analysis Certificate Flyer - Fall 2023

Crime Analysis Certificate Application



Technical Assistance

The Center for Intelligence and Crime Analysis is committed to providing long-term technical assistance to organizations. We will collaborate directly with these organizations to analyze data as well as develop and grow analysis units.

Assistance Highlights:

  • Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) trained personnel
  • Subject matter experts with crime analysis and teaching experience
  • Assistance provided to partners on and off-site
  • Data sharing capability


Dr. William Wells

Dr. William

Director, Center for Intelligence
and Crime Analysis  936-294-4817 (Ext. 3868) william.wells@shsu.eduBio & Publications

Jackie Swan

Ms. Jackie

Coordinator III


Nathan Cronin

Mr. Nathan

Graduate Research Assistant


Office Location:
Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice, Beto Criminal Justice Center 816 17th Street, Huntsville, TX 77340

Mailing Address:
Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology

William Wells
Center for Intelligence and Crime Analysis
Sam Houston State University
Box 2296
Huntsville, Texas 77341

Other forms of contact:

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