Course Description

This is an ICI foundation specialty course under POST’s Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations (ICI). This 40-hour course will provide investigators with the information and skills to aid them in the successful investigating and prosecution of gang related crimes. The course is designed for active, hands-on participation by the students. Course work will include writing a curricula vitae, writing a search warrant, and building a gang prosecution case.

This course is modeled in adult based learning, therefore each block of instruction will include hands-on, active participation from the class, or small group collaboration. We encourage each student to come ready to share their experiences, so we all can learn in the collaborative process.


Course Topics

  • Search Warrants
  • Interview & Interrogation
  • Review of PC 186.22/Case Law
  • Social Networking & Technology
  • Introduce & Review Cases
  • Gang Case Preparation
  • Gang DVD Review
  • Outlaw Motorcycle gangs & PC 186.22 Connection
  • Prison Gangs
  • Preparing for Expert Testimony
  • Gang Documentation/File Management
  • Informant Management
  • Search Warrant Writing
  • Gang Sub-Culture

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
    OR
  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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have attended the ICI Advanced Gang Investigations up to June 2010, it is recommended that you NOT attend this class, as much of the Advanced curriculum has been transferred over to accommodate the Gang Foundation Specialty Course.  A new Advanced Gang course curriculum has been developed and will include higher level training topics such as: conducting wiretaps, court room testimony and advanced investigative techniques.

If you have any questions or issues about these prerequisites, please contact the GTA/RTC as soon as possible.


Course Certification Number: 9070-26011
Course Certification Hours: 40


Course Fee Information:

Effective July 1, 2020:

POST Reimbursement Plan IV: There is no tuition for POST reimbursable agencies. This is an update as of 7/1/2020 and is in place for the fiscal year 2020-2021. Travel reimbursement is available via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR).

Non-POST Reimbursable agencies: Tuition is $746.16. There is no reimbursement for travel and per diem.

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

09/14-18/2020 – San Diego
September 14, 2020 - September 18, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

01/25-29/2021 – Orange County
January 25, 2021 - January 29, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

06/07-11/2021 – San Diego
June 07, 2021 - June 11, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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