Course Description

This is an ICI Foundation Specialty Course that will provide both novice and experienced detectives with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct successful investigations of domestic violence. Students will learn specific investigative techniques, problem-solving skills, and case management skills related to the various types of domestic violence including cross-cultural, elder abuse, stalking, and officer-involved, with the goal of improving clearance and issuance rates.

All ICI courses are based upon adult learning principles. The classroom activities are practical, “hands-on,” and interactive. This 40-hour course is one of the Foundation Specialty courses of POST’s Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI).

Course Topics

  • Dynamics of Dating/Domestic Violence
  • Officer-Involved Domestic Violence
  • Suspect/Batterer Dynamics
  • Victim Dynamics
  • Interviewing suspects, victims, and children
  • Investigative steps and techniques
  • Evidence, including medical evidence and photographs
  • Case Building
  • Impact on Children
  • Stalking
  • Lethality Assessment
  • Elder Abuse & Late Life Domestic Violence
  • Investigator Safety
  • Dominant Aggressor
  • Court Orders
  • Expert Witness 
  • High Profile Suspects
  • Legal Mandates & Update

Course Prerequisites

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 has been established as a minimum baseline for students attending this course:

  1. Have taken the 2-week ICI Core Course
  2. POST online Search Warrant Fundamentals course to demonstrate knowledge of search warrant writing.  Click here to be taken to the POST Learning Portal. Completion of this online class does give 3 hours of CPT credit.

Course Certification Number: 9070-32415
Course Certification Hours: 40

Course Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday and Thursday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Friday

Course Fee Information:

POST Reimbursement Plan IV: There is no tuition, as tuition is covered through the Cal OES PO Grant. Travel and per diem available via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR) for POST reimbursable agencies only. Travel expenses may also be reimbursed through grant funding. Scholarship Funding for travel is available through the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) Law Enforcement Training Program Grant PO23108519. Please contact Alicia Shade at regarding additional questions on how law enforcement personnel investigating domestic violence are eligible for travel reimbursement for this course or review, complete and submit the below form to Alicia Shade at

POST Non-Reimbursable agencies: No tuition. Travel may be reimbursed through grant funding. If you are from a non-reimbursable POST agency and would like to see if your travel could be reimbursed directly to you or your agency, please contact Alicia Shade at ashade@govtraining.comor review, complete and submit the below form to Alicia Shade at

PO23 Scholarship Letter to Students & Request for Grant Travel Form

Course Disclaimer:

This project is supported by Grant No. PO23108519 awarded by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES). The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibit are those of the author(s) and not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES). The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES) reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, and use this material and to authorize others to do so.


If you are not Law Enforcement, you must have prior approval to attend this course.  Please contact Marisa Messier for approval.

09/09-13/2024 – Orange County
September 09, 2024 - September 13, 2024

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