Fundamentals of Criminal Intelligence (AWR-315)


This awareness-level course presents participants with the core capabilities required for intelligence personnel from an all-crimes, all-hazards perspective. It encompasses traditional crimes, domestic and international acts of terrorism, and other potential crises. This course introduces entry-level intelligence personnel to intelligence and distinguishes between intelligence and information. Among the topics covered are the Intelligence Community, responsibilities of intelligence personnel, and goals and uses of criminal intelligence products. The potential range of customers and their needs are addressed. It incorporates the five-step intelligence process and the importance of critical and creative thinking as it pertains to analysis of information and the intelligence process. Participants will become familiar with the Information Sharing Environment, suspicious activity reporting, and legal authorities and guidance associated with criminal intelligence collection and use, including privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties laws. Finally, this course addresses the benefits of forming strategic partnerships and collaborative networks.

 The goal of this course is to ensure intelligence personnel leave equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to manage, staff, and operate criminal intelligence enterprises within their agencies, in order to help protect and prevent potential threats to the public. 


Min/Max Enrollment: Min 20; Max 30

Hours: 20 (Direct Delivery)

Format: Instructor-Led Training

DHS Course #: AWR-315

Facility Requirements: Please view this document for facility requirements.

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Professional Disciplines

Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Governmental Administrative

 The target audience for the Direct Delivery version of this course includes:

  • ​Law enforcement officers
  • Investigators
  • Supervisors
  • Analysts
  • Corrections intelligence personnel
  • Fusion center personnel