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Managing the Detective Unit   

This course focuses on the effective and efficient management of detective unit personnel, procedures, and investigations in order to improve organizational processes and increase clearance and arrest rates.

The objectives of this program are two-fold: one addresses the administrative requirements for managing the criminal investigative process; the other focuses on managing the operations of the investigative unit. We will examine several strategies, policies, and forms that are designed to make the management of the investigative unit more effective. You will learn efficient and productive techniques and systems enabling you to better control personnel, paper flow and daily job routines.

Topics Include

  • Organization of the detective unit
  • Manpower allocation in the detective unit
  • Detective supervisory considerations
  • Distributing workloads and case assignments
  • Investigative filing
  • Case review and management systems
  • Evaluating performance of investigative personnel
  • Managing the investigative marginal performer
  • Intergenerational management issues
  • Supervisory and command leadership


Sworn law enforcement personnel, new detective unit supervisors or commanders, veteran supervisors given an investigative command assignment, patrol supervisors who aspire to a position in command of an investigative unit.

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

Course Length

24 hours

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • "The instructor delivered this material from a position of premier experience. This was the most genuine class concerning our profession that I have ever experienced. I highly recommend this course to all current and future investigation section supervisors." – Sgt. T.W.
  • “Dan McDevitt is a “Cop’s Cop”. His knowledge and experience of cops and management is an asset and benefit to anyone attending the course.” – Sgt. T.S.
  • “The course was a great overview of Management techniques for Investigative units. Instructor was once again engaging and a wealth of knowledge. It was a privilege to attend training with Dan!” – Lt. R.S. 
  • “Dan is an extremely credible instructor with the experience to back up everything he taught.” – Asst. Chief J.M.
  • “This was an excellent class. This class will benefit me Monday morning when I get back to work.” – Sgt. G.H.
  • “Dan is an extremely knowledgeable instructor who can present such relevant information in an entertaining manner. You respect his knowledge because you see and feel his passion for doing the right thing!” – Lt. A. K.
  • “This should be a required seminar for new detective sergeants.” – Sgt. A.M.
  • “Immediate applicable knowledge shared. Relevant topics with excellent examples. Great instructor that knows how to share his knowledge and experience. This course has made me better." – E.L. Lt. Cmdr. (20+ years of service)



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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