Criminal Investigations for New Detectives


The first step to a successful criminal prosecution is a thorough investigation.  This course is intended to assist newly assigned detectives, or patrol officers, in taking their investigations beyond the initial report.  It provides investigators a foundation of knowledge of the basic aspects and procedures of conducting thorough investigations.  It will give investigators a comprehensive review of the responsibilities throughout an investigation.  It is designed to provide a foundation of basic techniques to build upon throughout the detective’s career.

What students will learn:

  • Scene preservation and documentation
  • Witness and suspect interviews
  • Scene search techniques
  • Defining and avoiding “confirmations bias”
  • Constitutional considerations in collecting evidence and conducting interviews
  • Information sources



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