Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training (FIAT)

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The FIAT Program provides quality analytic training, using experienced analysts, to IALEIA members and other interested parties at a reasonable cost on a regional basis.

FIAT Course Overview

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The FIAT is a five-day introduction to the basics of law enforcement intelligence analysis. As the name indicates, the FIAT Program aims to provide a foundation, a basic knowledge and understanding, of the elements of the law enforcement analysis profession. It was designed to be an entry-level curriculum and meets the educational requirements for the IALEIA CICA certification process. Completion of the FIAT does not automatically provide certification. See the Certification section for a complete list of criteria.

Course topics include:

  • History of Intelligence
  • Legal Issues/Ethics
  • Sources of Information
  • Creative/Critical Thinking
  • Logic
  • Inference Development
  • Competing Hypotheses
  • Crime Pattern Analysis
  • Association Analysis
  • Flow Analysis
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Communication Analysis
  • Products of Analysis

The FIAT course is intended for civilian and sworn law enforcement, as well as regulatory personnel who have not received formal, basic, intelligence analysis training.

Evaluations are completed after each FIAT and cover the course modules and each instructor. The goal is continual improvement of the product.

Certified FIAT instructors are available in the US, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, to provide your agency or organization with quality training. They are all experienced, working professional analysts in the field, who have been certified by IALEIA and the LEIU.

The FIAT curriculum is guided by IALEIA’s Analytic Standards document and is in line with the US Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative. It meets the training standards requirements set out in the US National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (NCISP).

FIAT is a cooperative venture of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) and Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU).

The FIAT course is approved for agency funding reimbursement by US-DHS (must be coordinated with your state grant coordinator).


FIAT seats are $600 (US) each, $550 if you are already an IALEIA member. Non-members who successfully complete the class may apply for IALEIA membership at a reduced rate ($25) within thirty days of course completion. Just ask one of the class instructors to be your sponsor and complete a membership form.

For further details contact the FIAT Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FIAT Schedule CY 2014

Upcoming courses:

 We are actively seeking additional hosting sites for 2014. Contact the FIAT Coordinator for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Hosting or Attending a FIAT In Your Area

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FIAT is always looking for a host agency that is willing to offer an open course that IALEIA can advertise to its membership and the law enforcement intelligence community. This is a great way to bring the course to your area, even if you don’t have enough internal members to fill the class to its limit of 24. Minimum registration for an open class is 12 students.

A host does have the ability to request a 'closed' class. The host guarantees that at least 15 of the 24 seats are sold, and determines who will be allowed to attend. The host does not have to purchase all 15 seats.

We do ask each host to purchase at least 2 seats in any class. The host agency receives a free seat after the minimum registration for either an open or a closed class has been met.


Any agencies or organizations interested in the FIAT Program are encouraged to contact the FIAT Coordinators. We can provide closed agency or open registration hosted agency courses.

Host agencies are asked to provide the training rooms needed for the class and to specify a course 'contact' for registrations and on-site coordination.


If you would like to be notified by e-mail if a host has open seats, please contact Tracy Lempke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be added to our notification list.

The FIAT Coordinators are currently working with several agencies to schedule FIATs in the near future. Please continue to watch the IALEIA calendar for courses that have openings.


FIAT Registration Form. Please be sure to make to reference to the class you are registering for on the form.

Interactive FIAT Registration Form


The History: Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training

In early 2004, the IALEIA Board decided to take the Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training course it had developed in a consortium including the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Project Directors and the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (L.E.I.U.) and facilitate ways for IALEIA chapters to provide this training at a reasonable cost in their areas. IALEIA has made it a priority to assemble an experienced cadre of experienced analysts to teach this basic intelligence analysis course regionally. In the fall of 2005, the Department of Homeland Security issued a mandate for standardized training for all newly hired analysts who are paid with DHS grant funds. The IALEIA FIAT was one of the first two training courses listed as meeting the requirement.

The Instructor Team

Instructors for the FIAT program are practicing analysts within law enforcement or investigative organizations throughout the world. All Instructors are Volunteers and are 'loaned' to teach a FIAT course by their respective home agency/organization. They do not receive payment or honorariums for teaching courses. They volunteer because of their commitment to mentoring new colleagues and dedication to helping advance our profession!

Instructors for specific FIAT classes will be chosen based on their experience, areas of expertise and geographic proximity to the training sites.


FIAT Coordinating Committee

The FIAT Coordinating Committee oversees the strategic planning of FIAT. The current committee is comprised of:  Elise Dekoschak, Shelagh Dorn, Kristie Manzi, Bob Morehouse, and Jill Paterson.

The FIAT Coordinating Committee is responsible for:

  • Oversight of the FIAT Program
  • Reviewing and updating the FIAT training course when appropriate,
  • Reviewing applications for FIAT instructors, and
  • Assisting with the FIAT IDP sessions.

Instructor Development Program - IDP


The mission of the IALEIA FIAT Instructor Development Program (IDP) is to provide qualified and informed instructors for the classes and to support the development of those instructors.

The IDP is administered by the IALEIA FIAT Program Coordinators. They will be scheduled as determined by need. FIAT instructor refresher training is held at each annual IALEIA Training conference.

FIAT Instructor Application Process:

Any interested IALEIA members are encouraged to apply to the FIAT Coordinator for certification if they possess all of the following requirements:

  • Current active membership in IALEIA (& maintain membership in future)
  • Minimum of five years experience working as an Analyst in an appropriate law enforcement field
  • Previous experience in delivering training to adults
  • Able to obtain a written commitment from their immediate supervisor or agency head that they will be able to teach this course (either on company time, or on time off from work)
  • Able to commit to instructing at least one course per year
  • Instructors with analytic certification are preferred

To apply:

Please submit:

  • A cover letter explaining why you would like to be an instructor.
  • A resume detailing your experience, including work as an analyst as well as a list courses taught. If possible include at least one set of evaluations from a course you've taught in the past 12 months.
  • A recommendation from an IALEIA FIAT Coordinating Committee member, an IALEIA Board of Directors member, an Active FIAT Instructor, or an executive member of a local IALEIA chapter.

Send to the FIAT Coordinators at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..