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 Domestic Violence
  • Officer-Involved Domestic Violence
  • Suspects/Batterers
  • Investigative steps and techniques
  • Victims
  • Interviewing suspects, victims, and children
  • Impact on Children
  • Evidence, including medical evidence and photographs
  • Stalking
  • Lethality Assessment
  • Elder Abuse
  • Officer Safety
  • Dominate Aggressor
  • Court Orders
  • High Profile Suspects
  • Legal Mandates

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. Effective August 1, 2019, student travel and per diem reimbursement will be 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 PO21088519. Please contact Lauren Bunn 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 Lauren Bunn.

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 Lauren Bunn or review, complete and submit the below form to Lauren Bunn. 

PO21 Scholarship Letter to Students & Request for Grant Travel Forms

Course Disclaimer:

This project is supported by Grant No. PO21088519 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.

01/03-07/2022 – San Diego
January 03, 2022 - January 07, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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