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Investigative Skills

Investigating a variety of crimes is a vital component of police work. Whether it’s drug related, sexual abuse, child abuse, gangs, narcotics enforcement, animal abuse, or even cryptocurrency crimes, our courses can increase your investigative skills for more successful outcomes.

Course Name Course Description Length
Cryptocurrency Investigation 101: Introduction Cryptocurrency, a digital payment system that functions outside of the traditional financial system, is a rapidly developing issue for local law enforcement. Transacting in cryptocurrency creates the perception of elevated levels of confidentiality or pseudonymity. As this and other related innovations continue to gain a foothold in the economy, criminal exploitation of these systems and methods increase. With cryptocurrency now firmly entrenched in both domestic and international commerce, it is vital that law enforcement has a firm understanding of what cryptocurrency is, how it works, and how it can be used in both legitimate and illicit activities. This is the first course in the Cryptocurrency Investigation series. 1h
Cryptocurrency Investigation 102: Bitcoin Bitcoin, the first form of decentralized cryptocurrency, is the most dominant form of cryptocurrency for online transactions. Bitcoin can be difficult to trace, making it a popular medium for conducting criminal activity. As law enforcement, it is critical to be aware of how bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies influence society–from retail transactions to illicit criminal activity. In this course, discover the origins of Bitcoin and explore how law enforcement investigates related criminal activity using advanced analytical tools. 2h
Cryptocurrency Investigation 103: The Criminal Element Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are quickly becoming a legitimate means of payment in many countries. They offer a relatively fast, inexpensive, and anonymous system of conducting transactions as compared to more traditional financial means. The acceptance of these digital currencies in the mainstream financial system also means that criminals can now easily introduce funds into the legitimate economy with little possibility of identification. Recording these transactions, however, allows law enforcement to track and identify the networks and hubs the currency is flowing through. In this course, learners will examine the criminal element of cryptocurrency as well as how to identify and track the evidence left behind. This is the third course in the Cryptocurrency Investigation series. 2h
Cryptocurrency Investigation 104: The Dark Web The dark web is a side of the internet most people do not know exists.  Criminals have found the dark web useful, creating and interacting with marketplaces they believe to be undetectable.  These marketplaces typically function as a conduit for illicit activity, such as illegal drug trade, weapons trafficking, human trafficking, and others.  As criminals become adept at utilizing technology, it becomes urgent and critical for law enforcement to understand the dark web. Illicit activity on the dark web is hard to track down and connect to a suspect. Understanding how dark web marketplaces and cryptocurrencies work together and translate into the physical world is crucial to being able to identify what evidence to look for when investigating criminal activity. 2h
Cryptocurrency Investigation 105: Blockchain Forensics In this final course of the Cryptocurrency Investigation series, we will discuss the concept of the blockchain, a public distributed ledger that keeps track of digital currency transactions, as a dynamic and useful technology. Each coin has its own blockchain, but the originating blockchain is the Bitcoin blockchain.  It can be used by law enforcement and other industries in beneficial ways, but in the wrong hands, it can be exploited by criminal enterprises; this can be in a variety of illicit activities such as tax evasion, the distribution of child pornography, trading of illegal weapons, and the sale of narcotics. In this course, learners will be able to better understand the intricacies of blockchain technology and explore analytical tools for investigating these crimes. 1h
Current Drug Trends Illicit drug and alcohol use in the United States is a significant cause for concern. While many illicit substances are well-known, there are many newer synthetics that pose a risk to law enforcement. Adding yet an additional layer to the complicated and challenging nature of police work are persons with mental illness who may be abusing alcohol and illicit substances. This course will provide learners with the knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the current and emerging drug trends and how mental illness is impacted by drugs and alcohol. 2h
Cyberstalking In recent years, stalkers have taken advantage of the anonymity of the Internet to commit crimes. This has added a new dimension because it is difficult for victims of cyberstalking, as well as law enforcement, to discern the identity of the stalker. Cyberstalking makes the fear more palpable and prosecution more challenging. This course will discuss the basics, relevant laws, challenges, and practical solutions for cyberstalking cases. 1h
Evidence Collection, Control, and Storage If you are the first responder on the scene of a crime, you are responsible for the integrity of that crime scene and the evidence contained there. If the integrity of the crime scene becomes compromised, so potentially does the evidence collected from it, and if this happens, the ability for justice to be served is compromised as well, because the truth of what happened at any crime scene lies in the evidence. While the role of the attorneys, the judge and the jury are all important in the courtroom, it is ultimately the quality of the evidence that is going to prove the guilt or innocence of the alleged perpetrator. In this course, the learner will gain valuable insights into appropriate evidence collection practices, as well as what not to do at the crime scene and how to protect the integrity of the crime scene so that evidence is not altered or destroyed. 1h
Evidence Collection, Control, and Storage If you are the first responder on the scene of a crime, you are responsible for the integrity of that crime scene and the evidence contained there. If the integrity of the crime scene becomes compromised, so potentially does the evidence collected from it, and if this happens, the ability for justice to be served is compromised as well, because the truth of what happened at any crime scene lies in the evidence. While the role of the attorneys, the judge and the jury are all important in the courtroom, it is ultimately the quality of the evidence that is going to prove the guilt or innocence of the alleged perpetrator. In this course, the learner will gain valuable insights into appropriate evidence collection practices, as well as what not to do at the crime scene and how to protect the integrity of the crime scene so that evidence is not altered or destroyed. 1h
Financial Crimes This four-hour course is designed to enhance your ability to identify the vulnerabilities, as well as understand the regulatory policies that serve to limit the number of financial crimes. 4h
Handling Robbery Calls According to an FBI study, 26% of all local homicides in the US can be directly related to robberies. Accordingly, law enforcement officers need to take every robbery call seriously, both for their own safety and the safety and well-being of the victims. Good community policing efforts will help officers identify the most likely robbery targets in their patrol area, giving them the opportunity to work with business owners and managers to minimize the risk. In this course, you will learn methods for safely approaching the robbery scene, apprehending suspects, and securing the crime scene. 1h
Human Trafficking, Part I A number of organizations, including the Department of Defense, have characterized human trafficking as the world’ss fastest growing crime. In order to stem the rise of this heinous crime, law enforcement must have a comprehensive knowledge of history and forms of human trafficking, including its own set of terms, the relationships that exist between traffickers and victims, and how to investigate human trafficking cases. In Part 1 of a two-part course, this two hour course focuses on human trafficking from a global perspective. 2h
Human Trafficking, Part II In Part 2 of a two-part course, this two hour course focus on special investigative considerations as they related to human trafficking. As the fast growing crime in the world, human trafficking is global problem. In this course, law enforcement and investigators will learn how to identify trafficked victims, employ case management and interagency cooperation, and review the advantages of a multidisciplinary and collaborative response to trafficking incidents, ensuring victims receive the correct services, some of which are unique to trafficking victims. 2h
Identity Theft Crimes In this three-hour course, we will discuss the identity theft problem and factors which increase the risk of identity theft. 3h
Interviews and Interrogations Interviews and interrogations are two ways to formally solicit information from witnesses and suspects. A properly conducted interview or interrogation can often be the difference between solving and successfully prosecuting a case and not. An investigator should be aware of the distinctions between interviews and interrogations, as well as the best methods for eliciting information from a subject. In this course, learners will explore ways to question interviewees and judge the truthfulness of their responses. This course will also cover the distinctions between interviews and interrogations and provide methods for conducting them effectively. 1h
Investigative Skills 1 The first segment of Investigative Skills includes: Crime Scene Investigation and Documentation, Accident Reconstruction, Crime Scene Preservation, Child Abuse Investigations, Field Interview, Complex Child Abuse Investigations 1h
Investigative Skills 2 The second segment of Investigative Skills includes: Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Searching for Concealed Weapons, False Confessions, Interviewing Sex Offenders, The Misuse of Miranda Rights 1h
Law Enforcement Intelligence In this four-hour Law Enforcement Intelligence course, we will explore why we do what we do, and how we can change what we do for the better of our agency. 4h
Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) This two-hour course ensures that if a domestic violence case is at hand, law enforcement officers will be well versed and ready to properly implement the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). 2h
Narcotics Enforcement 1 The first segment of Narcotics Enforcement covers: Drug Recognition, Questions to Ask During a Drug Interdiction Stop,  Recognizing a Meth Addict, Shake and Bake Meth Method, The 5 Traits of a Successful Drug Interdiction Officer 1h
Narcotics Enforcement 2 The second segment of Narcotics Enforcement covers: Approaching a Meth Suspect, Drug Interdiction in Metropolitan Areas, Drug Lab Safety, Officer Safety in Narcotics Investigations, and Top 10 Mistakes Rookies Make 1h
Recognition Of Child Abuse And Neglect This course is designed to help officers understand the child abuse problem and factors that increase the risk of abuse. The intent of this course is to provide officers who respond to this type of crime with information that will ensure consistency in handling child abuse cases. In addition, the course is designed to help law enforcement understand the importance of developing procedures and protocols and ways to work with other professionals to ensure the needs of the children are met. 2h
Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence Domestic disputes are some of the most common calls for police service. Domestic violence is a serious issue, and it is one in which we all need to be aware of. Domestic violence calls can be quite challenging for police as they are likely to observe repetitive abuse against the same victims, who may not be able to or may not want to separate from their abusers. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of domestic violence will help you to identify potential warning signs, increase your knowledge base, provide you with an understanding of the challenges these persons face, and allow you to actively address the needs of your community. Through this knowledge and understanding, you will gain the confidence to provide assistance to those who are in abusive situations. There are a number of preventive measures that can be employed and there are many resources available to get these individuals the help they so desperately need. 2h
Reducing Graffiti in Your Community Graffiti, we’ve all seen it. It plagues our cities, leaving taxpayers and law enforcement to clean it up. Serial taggers deface public and private property, leaving law enforcement with the challenge of tracking and stopping these perpetrators. How do we identify and track these offenders? Some departments have graffiti specialists who track and identify common offenders and graffiti related to gangs, but there are additional resources and tools available. In this course, learn about the different types of graffiti, how to identify each type, resolve cases, and seek restitution. 1h
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) This five-hour course instructs the actions and protocols one must take when involved in a Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation. 5h
Virtual Tour of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Virtual Tour of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 15m
Naloxone In October 2017, the United States declared the overuse of opioids as a public health crisis. In fact, the CDC estimates that more than 90 Americans die from opioid overdoses every day. Naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioid overdoses, has become first responders’ number one tool in saving the lives of anyone who has overdosed on opioids. In this course, learners will discover the physiological and psychological effects of opioid addiction and how to administer Naloxone in the event of an overdose. 1h
Eyewitness Evidence and Identification – 3286 TCOLE Eyewitness evidence is critical to the apprehension and prosecution of criminals. Since 1989, DNA evidence has been used to exonerate nearly 300 individuals that were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Of those, approximately 70% were convicted on evidence that included inaccurate and faulty eyewitness identifications. Research has proven that a number of small changes to the identification process will help improve the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness identification, ensuring that the highest quality of eyewitness evidence is collected and preserved. 8h