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Burglary/Robbery Investigations: Current Trends   

This course will provide you with insight into the latest trends of property crimes to include larceny, auto theft, and burglary. It will also give you a well-rounded understanding of the various types of person crimes such as battery, aggravated assault and robbery.

You will learn how burglars approach their crimes, how they learn their trade and the techniques and tools used by today's offenders. When it comes to persons crimes, we'll show you methods for investigating each type and explain how to apply available resources and manage the legal system in order to bring cases to a successful conclusion.

We will present techniques that can help you locate valuable evidence and determine how the crime occurred. You will learn how to identify and gather physical evidence, conduct effective victim/witness interviews, and use subpoenas and search warrants during the course of your investigation. We will also discuss strategies for operational plans, stakeouts, the use of media to solve cases, and the use of informants to help you stop the crimes before they occur.

Topics Include

  • Property crime types
    • Larceny (theft)
    • Auto theft
    • Burglary
  • Person crime types
    • Assault/Battery
    • Robbery
    • Rape (sexual battery)
  • Solvability factors and investigative steps
    • Solvability factors
    • Case status/disposition
    • Investigative procedure/technique
  • Responding to the initial scene
    • Victim/Witness trauma and how to deal with it
    • Victim/Witness/Offender profiling
    • Your leadership role as a detective
    • Crime scene purview
  • Resources and applications
    • Intelligence gathering
    • ViCap/AFIS
    • Background databases
    • Media to solve cases
  • Legal issues
    • 4th, 5th, & 6th Amendments
    • Subpoenas/Warrants
    • Operational plan
  • Interrogation tactics
    • Statement analysis/Truth verification
    • Non-verbal indicators
    • Soliciting a statement
  • Case management
    • Department of Justice UCR
    • National trends
    • Stats and what they mean to you


Patrol officers, new and seasoned detectives, crime scene personnel

This course is restricted to active sworn and non-sworn law enforcement agency personnel.

Course Length

24 hours

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Gets class involved. Through the class discussions you got to see the different ways of handling the situation.” – J.C.
  • “Excellent course for a new detective.” – J.S.
  • “The course had great learning materials, hands on examples, and great group interaction. Enjoyed all the instructors and their knowledge in different fields.” – K.K.
  • “A great course with a vast amount of information and resources that will be able to make a great investigator.” – L.T.
  • “One of the best courses I have attended. I’m looking forward to attending future IPTM courses.” – Sr. Det. E.L.
  • “Great class and very informative. Everyone is open minded and informative. The instructors make the class fun and everyone was ready to participate. Identified problems any officer might be having with a case at home.” – Dep. A.W.
  • “Every instructor that participated in this course was excellent. They presented excellent info in their particular field. Everyone provided information I will use in the future at my work.” – Dep. B.


Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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