Course Description

The Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) Core Course is the prerequisite for all subsequent ICI Foundation Specialty Courses within this program. It is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the individual criminal investigator’s skills in performing the multi-disciplined, multi-leveled tasks necessary to successfully conduct comprehensive criminal investigations.  Instruction in this course is provided through a coordinated, experience-based adult learning approach which addresses crime scene management, interviewing and interrogation skills, search and seizure issues, search warrant preparation, surveillance techniques, case reporting, informant management, and courtroom testimony.  Students will engage in practical application exercises throughout this course and be required to satisfactorily complete case work and a search warrant.

Course Topics

  • Case Management & Investigative Strategies
  • Search Warrants
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Interview and Behavior-Based Interrogation
  • Working with Victims and Witnesses
  • Search & Seizure
  • Interrogation Law
  • Informant Management
  • Surveillance Techniques
  • Warrant Service Planning & Tactics
  • Electronic Investigations
  • Case Preparation & Courtroom Testimony

Course Prerequisites

There are some prerequisites for this ICI Core Course.  You must meet all of these in order to attend this course.  If you have any questions or issues around these prerequisites, please contact the GTA as soon as possible.  While this is not a search warrant writing class, it is recognized that writing a proper search warrant in relation to investigations is essential to your job. With that in mind, the following have been established as a minimum baseline for students attending this course:

1. POST Online Search Warrant Fundamentals course on the POST Learning Portal (must print and bring certificate of completion).  Click here to be taken to the POST Learning Portal.  Completion of this online course does give 3 hours of CPT credit.

2. All students must bring a laptop computer with a USB drive to class that has wireless Internet capabilities and Microsoft Word.

Please Note: Bring copies of the search warrant form used in your agency.

Course Certification Number: 9070-26000
Course Certification Hours: 80

Course Fee Information:

Reimbursement Plan IV: There is no tuition for POST reimbursable agencies. Student travel and per diem reimbursement will be via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR) for POST reimbursable agencies only.

Non-Reimbursable agencies: Tuition is $2,328.36 for FY2425. There is no reimbursement for travel and per diem.

DISCLAIMER: Priority enrollment for this course is to law enforcement from POST participating agencies.

Course Disclaimer:

COURSE HOURS (Course hours may vary by location, so please refer to individual course student confirmation and travel letter):

Week 1:
Mon  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tues & Thurs 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Week 2:
Mon & Wed 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tues & Thurs 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am to 12:00 pm

08/05-16/2024 – San Diego
August 05, 2024 - August 16, 2024

09/09-20/2024 – Orange County
September 09, 2024 - September 20, 2024

10/14-25/2024 – Orange County
October 14, 2024 - October 25, 2024

12/02-13/2024 – San Diego
December 02, 2024 - December 13, 2024

12/09-20/2024 – San Diego
December 09, 2024 - December 20, 2024

01/27-02/07/2025 – Orange County
January 27, 2025 - February 07, 2025

02/03-14/2025 – Orange County
February 03, 2025 - February 14, 2025

03/10-21/2025 – San Diego
March 10, 2025 - March 21, 2025

04/07-18/2025 – San Diego
April 07, 2025 - April 18, 2025

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