International Association of Crime Analysts
The International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) is a professional association founded in 1990 to provide training, literature, networking, and professional development resources to individuals involved in the crime analysis profession. It also advocates for the development of crime analysis programs in law enforcement agencies. As of June 2012, the IACA had 2,162 members from 42 nations, with the majority in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Austria, making it the primary organization for crime analysts working for municipal and county police agencies.
The IACA is an all-volunteer association, and most of its members work in police agencies or for government programs that provide services to police. The primary services of the association are an annual training conference, several annual international symposiums, a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst (CLEA) credential, a series of professional training classes (both in-person and online), webinars, and publications, including a comprehensive text of the profession titled Exploring Crime Analysis. A Standards, Methods, and Technologies committee helps set standards for the tools, techniques, and terminology used by crime analysts around the world.
The association's partners include the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety Program of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fundacion Paz Ciudadana (a nonprofit organization in Chile), and the International Academy for Investigative Psychology.
The IACA is governed by a six-member executive board elected by the association's members. It does not restrict membership to individuals already employed in policing, but rather welcomes students, educators, other police professionals, and anyone else with a demonstrated interest in crime analysis. As of June 2012, the annual membership fee was $25 US.