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Course Description: This course prepares the student for their transition from a traditional patrol unit function to an investigative position.  From initial response to case prosecution, students will learn how to manage a wide variety of common criminal investigations.  Emphasis is placed on crime scene management, investigative techniques and resources available to the criminal investigator, interview/interrogation and statement collection, and case preparation and testimony, all of which are essential to effective performance as a criminal investigator.  Lecture, practical exercises and a final exam are used to ensure that each student acquires the critical knowledge, skill and abilities required of new a criminal investigator.      

Instructional Hours:  5 Days / 40 Hours

Instructional Objectives:  At the end of this course of instruction, the students will be able to:

  •  Apply sound investigative practices, procedures and techniques.
  •  Properly manage and document a crime scene.
  •  Collect evidence in a way that ensures its admissibility in court proceedings.
  •  Work more effectively with the prosecution team.
  •  Identify available investigative resources within and outside of their agency.
  •  Employ best practices for interview/interrogations.
  •  Apply time management skills to efficiently manage a caseload of a Criminal Investigator.
    •     Properly manage and document a crime scene

Audience:  PSP Enlisted; MP  (Mandatory for all PSP Criminal Investigation Unit members)


Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130. All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.




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