This ICI foundation specialty course provides investigators with the specialized skills and knowledge necessary to collaboratively, effectively, and objectively conduct investigations unique to sexual assault.  This course provides instruction in the ethical challenges specific to sexual assault investigations, types of information that can be recovered using computer forensics, and the SART model.  Students will be provided with training on decision making, and flexibility while handling multiple cases as additional information is received and prioritized.

By understanding sexual assault victim dynamics and the common challenges faced by victims in reporting to law enforcement, investigators will be better equipped to cater their investigation with victim issues in mind, thus enhancing the likelihood of victim participation.  This training will also provide sexual assault investigators an opportunity to discover the ways in which these types of investigations may impact their professional and personal lives and then assist them in exploring ways to prevent negative impact through healthy coping mechanisms.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to: interpret and apply sexual assault related laws; competently exercise their investigative skills in sexual assault cases to increase the likelihood of successful prosecution under California law; identify the importance of a sexual assault forensic medical examination as an investigative resource; understand victim dynamics and counterintuitive behaviors; and develop specific investigation and interrogation framing based on offender typology.

This course meets the PC 13516(c) requirements.

Course Topics

  • Legal Aspects
  • Sexual Offender Dynamics & Interrogation Techniques
  • Evidence
  • Computer Forensics
  • Victim Dynamics & Advocacy
  • Investigator Wellness
  • Case Management & Investigative Techniques

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.

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

Course Certification Number9070-33430
Course Certification Hours40

Course Fee Information:

POST Reimbursement Plan IV: There is no tuition for POST reimbursable agencies. Student travel and per diem reimbursement will be via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR) for POST reimbursable agencies only.

Non-POST Reimbursable agencies: Tuition is $1,479.68 for FY2425. There is no reimbursement for travel and per diem.

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

08/19-23/2024 – San Diego
August 19, 2024 - August 23, 2024

10/21-25/2024 – San Diego
October 21, 2024 - October 25, 2024

12/09-13/2024 – San Diego
December 09, 2024 - December 13, 2024

03/03-07/2025 – San Diego
March 03, 2025 - March 07, 2025

06/09-13/2025 – San Diego
June 09, 2025 - June 13, 2025

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