Sign In  |  View Cart  |    |  Help  |  
E-mail to a Friend
Return to Course Catalog

Course Catalog > Criminal Investigations

The New Detective (Online)   

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.

Topics Include

  • 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.

Course Length

40 hours

Online Details

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 different 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.



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.

Some Title