Who We AreIALEIA is the largest professional organization in the world representing law enforcement analysts. Based in the United States, we are a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation. IALEIA is managed by an international Board of Directors consisting of nine elected IALEIA members. Several board members are also supported by volunteer committees. IALEIA also has an Executive Advisory Board appointed by the President. IALEIA supports regional chapters throughout the world. IALEIA has a certification program for analysts, a code of ethics, and bylaws that provide structure for the organization. We represent law enforcement analysts in a variety of venues, and provide a community network through regional chapters.
Before 1980, no organization dedicated to represent analytical personnel in law enforcement existed. To fill this need, a small group of professional intelligence analysts and managers held their inaugural meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, in October 1981. They created the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, Inc. (IALEIA).
While these first members represented local, state/provincial, and federal law enforcement agencies in Canada and the United States, IALEIA's membership today includes members and chapters worldwide. Our members are united to promote standards of excellence in law enforcement analysis by enhancing the mutual exchange of ideas, supporting analytical standards, and providing training.
IALEIA evolved as the role of the law enforcement analyst has matured. IALEIA captures the intelligence analysis experience of individuals and agencies, and to converts and shares that knowledge through law enforcement educational products. IALEIA devotes its organizational resources as a leader in training, through its international conferences and the Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training (FIAT). To enhance the analyst profession, IALEIA provides a certification program with a Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) designation for successful applicants.
Continuing its emphasis on facilitating networking among analysts, IALEIA fosters regional chapters and has forged partnerships with the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), the Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU), and the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS). Among its products, IALEIA shares knowledge via the peer-reviewed Journal of Intelligence and Analysis; IALEIA's newsletter, the IntelScope; and through seminal publications of the Law Enforcement Analytic Standards (2011) and Criminal Intelligence for the 21st Century (2011).
The purpose of IALEIA is to advance high standards of professionalism in law enforcement intelligence analysis at the local, state/provincial, national, and international levels. We enhance understanding of the role of intelligence analysis, encourage the recognition of intelligence analysis as a professional endeavor, develop international qualification and competency standards, reinforce professional concepts, devise training standards and curricula, furnish advisory and related services on intelligence analysis matters, conduct analytic-related research studies, and provide the ability to disseminate information regarding analytical techniques and methods.
Members are brought together to achieve the following objectives:
• Advocacy. IALEIA unites members and advances public and official understanding of criminal intelligence analysis and its role as a profession. IALEIA is governed by a Board of Directors assisted by member committees. Board Directors regularly represent IALEIA as subject matter experts at international and national meetings. Senior members also serve as advocates and advisors to newer members.
• Training. IALEIA devises concepts, standards, and curricula for training, and offers basic analyst training for analysts worldwide.
• Certification. IALEIA has qualification standards and indices of competence for the profession, and administers a professional international certification program. In 1991, through partnership with the Society of Certified Criminal Analysts (SCCA), a certification program for law enforcement analysts was created. Since then, IALEIA has adapted and adopted SCCA's certification process. The IALEIA Analyst Certification Program is structured to encourage continuing education, measure knowledge and skills, and recognize excellence though experience.
• Networking. Regular meetings, training, and speakers are arranged by the numerous regional IALEIA chapters worldwide. By providing timely, relevant information to members on opportunities and issues affecting the field, IALEIA promotes well-informed career analysts. In addition, IALEIA’s website (www.ialeia.org) is available in several languages to facilitate international networking opportunities.
• Professionalism. Our organization reinforces the concepts of professionalism, dedication to service, and integrity among practitioners of criminal intelligence analysis.
• Research. IALEIA encourages research about criminal intelligence analysis and the analytic process, and identifies funding and opportunities for such research.