This course prepares participants for their transition from a traditional patrol/traffic function to an investigative position, such as a detective. The Basic Criminal Investigation course is also appropriate for those agencies that require officers to perform both patrol and investigative functions. From the initial response to case prosecution, officers will learn how to manage a wide variety of common criminal investigations. Emphasis is placed on preparation of affidavits, procurement and execution of search and arrest warrants, interview and interrogation procedures, and rules governing the collection and preservation of evidence. Additionally, participants will learn case preparation techniques and unique aspects of special topic investigations, such as narcotics, property crimes, and crimes against persons.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Basic Criminal Investigation Course #40051.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Completion Requirements
- Must be licensed or certified peace officer with a current commission or non-commissioned personnel assigned to investigate/process crime scenes
TopicsBasic principles of criminal investigation+Interviewing and interrogation techniques+Utilizing informants+Crime scene investigation+Subpoenas, warrants, and search warrants+Case preparation+Narcotics investigations+Property crime investigations+Crimes against persons investigations+Other types of investigation
- Patrol officers, newly assigned investigators/detectives and crime scene investigation personnel
Continuing Education & Professional Credits