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 $2,058.88 for courses held in San Diego, and $2,082.08 for all other class locations for FY2223. In FY2324, tuition is $2,051.48 for all locations. 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

09/11-22/2023 – San Diego
September 11, 2023 - September 22, 2023

09/18-29/2023 – San Diego
September 18, 2023 - September 29, 2023

10/09-20/2023 – Orange County
October 09, 2023 - October 20, 2023

11/27-12/08/2023 – San Diego
November 27, 2023 - December 08, 2023

12/04-15/2023 – San Diego
December 04, 2023 - December 15, 2023

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