The Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training (FIAT) Program

Mission Statement:

The mission of the FIAT Program is to provide quality analytic training, using experienced analysts, to LEIU and IALEIA members and other interested parties at a reasonable cost on a regional basis.


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 Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (L.E.I.U.) and facilitate ways for IALEIA chapters and LEIU members to provide this training at a reasonable cost in their areas.  IALEIA and LEIU have 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/LEIU FIAT is one of the two training courses listed as meeting the requirement.

Course Overview:

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.

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
  • Financial 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 or those who require a refresher.

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).

The FIAT meets the Criteria for basic level certification with IALEIA. It also meets the minimum training requirements set by the Society of Certified Criminal Analysts.

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

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