Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Crime Analyst Pam Barlaug attained the title of Florida Law Enforcement Analyst last week, having completed a six weeks of instruction over a period of six months.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website, FDLE developed the first analyst academy of its kind in the nation in 2003. The long term goal of the academy is to establish and provide uniform training in the area of law enforcement analysis and to set a foundation for a professional career path in criminal and intelligence analysis and investigations for non-sworn personnel in law enforcement, the website says. The curriculum of this academy includes studies in crime analysis, intelligence analysis, investigative analysis and management and statistical analysis.
Students were graded based on their performance on tests and assignments, group case work, individual presentations and final exam scores.
“I appreciate the sheriff’s office allowing me the opportunity to attend the Analyst Academy,” Barlaug said. “The knowledge I gained will be of great benefit in my duties as a law enforcement analyst. In addition, the contacts I made with other analysts throughout the state who attended the academy will be of vital importance when attempting to obtain information from other jurisdictions.”
Chief Deputy Mark Schrader and Criminal Investigations Detective Sergeant Brian Kramer attended Barlaug’s graduation ceremony at the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center on June 7. Schrader commended Barlaug on her accomplishment, saying “Unlike similar law enforcement analyst academies in the country, this is a pass/fail academically challenging course of study. We are proud to say that Pam was ranked 3rd overall in her academy.”
More information on the FDLE Law Enforcement Analyst Academy can be found on the website www.fdle.state.fl.us/Contene/Analyst-Academy/Analyst-Home.aspx.