This is an independent study, self-paced course.
This course will provide a broad overview of criminal investigations for the newly appointed detective. The processes and techniques that apply to all aspects of criminal investigations will be covered in depth, from the initial response to the scene to the final courtroom presentation.
You will learn methods to evaluate a crime scene, determine the type of crime that has been committed, and identify the physical parameters of the area of involvement. We will show you how to properly locate, document, collect, and preserve the physical evidence, as well as effective techniques for interviewing witnesses, victims, and suspects. You will also learn about networks and databases that can assist you in the investigative process.
To reinforce these lessons, we will review two real-life cases and examine how those cases were built.
- Basic responsibilities
- Case assignment and management
- Interview and interrogation
- Managing sources and confidential informants
- Crimes against property investigations
- Crimes against persons investigations
- Identifying suspects
- Investigative tools
- Crime scene management
- Court preparation and testimony
- Case studies
Law enforcement, new detectives, investigators, patrol officers, and military police.
This course is restricted to sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel.
Online environment: This is an independent study, self-paced course. Although there are no specific times that you must be online, you will be required to complete assignments by the deadlines posted within the course. Instructors are available to answer your questions during each module via the help forum.
You should plan to dedicate approximately 40 hours to the course activities. You must be committed to the course and invest the time necessary for successful completion. The course must be completed within 30 days upon registration. Once the 30-day period has ended, you will no longer have access.
Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer and Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) are required.
What Our Students Are Saying
- “I liked how the instructor was able to provide a case from his career and challenge the students on their initial investigative instincts.” – Inv. C.M.
- "I liked the explanation and the idea behind the decisions made on the investigations conducted by the instructor. I learned differnt perspectives and points of view while conducting an investigation." – Ofc. J.L.
- "I most enjoyed hearing how the information taught has been applied to real cases and investigations." – Inv. J.S.
- "I liked the up to date case review. You could see that the instructor actually took time to prepare and cared about teaching this class." – Inv. N.O.
This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.