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Basic Criminal Investigation

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.

Course Completion Requirements:  Attendance and successfully pass (75% or above) a 20-question written test.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted, MP, LEO  (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.


SWTC3/23/2020 8:00 AM3/27/2020 4:00 PMSWTC Commanding Officer, 724-832-5250No
Maximum of 30 students


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