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.

*All students planning on attending this course must view the POST Training Network (CPTN) DVD “Gangs & Drugs: How Gangs Operate” and answer a two page worksheet, prior to the first day of class. The DVD and worksheet will be mailed to all registrants when the travel confirmation letter is sent, approximately 6 weeks prior to class.

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 RTC as soon as possible.


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


Course Fee Information:

Tuition: $795.00 

Special Note regarding Tuition for ICI Classes: POST has suspended funding to most ICI courses effective April 1, 2018. GTA/RTC will continue to present the course, but will need to charge a tuition to cover the cost of the course. Effective April 1, 2018, the tuition for this course is $795.00 per student. You can pay the tuition fee by either sending or bringing a check to class or call this office with a credit card number.

POST Reimbursement Plan IV: Tuition is $795. There is no reimbursement for travel and per diem.

Non-POST Reimbursable agencies: Tuition is $795. There is no reimbursement for travel and per diem.

06/18-22/2018 – San Diego
June 18, 2018 - June 22, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

10/15-19/2018 – Orange County
October 15, 2018 - October 19, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

02/18-22/2018 – San Diego
February 18, 2019 - February 22, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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