This is a foundation specialty course of Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations (ICI) and designed for peace officers who are currently assigned or will be assigned to investigate major drug investigations. The course covers drugs in field training, undercover surveillance, and counter surveillance as well as provides qualifications to identify, arrest and successfully prosecute various major drug violations.

This course is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the individual criminal investigator in performing the multi-disciplined, multi-leveled tasks necessary to successfully conduct comprehensive major drug investigations. Instruction in this course is provided through a coordinated, experienced-based adult learning approach which addresses search and seizure issues, relating to major drug investigations, search warrant preparation, surveillance techniques, case reporting, informant management, major drug trafficking organizations and courtroom testimony.


Course Topics

  • Search and seizure issues relating to major drug investigations
  • Search warrant preparation
  • Surveillance techniques
  • Case reporting
  • Informant management
  • Major drug trafficking organizations
  • Courtroom testimony

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.

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


Course Certification Number9070-32650
Course Certification Hours80


Course Fee Information:

Tuition: $0.00

POST Reimbursement Plan IV: There is no tuition for this course. While travel reimbursement is normally reimbursable via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR), POST has suspended travel reimbursement for this course at this time.

Non-POST Reimbursable agencies: Tuition is $2,122. There is no reimbursement for travel and per diem.