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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Police Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Criminal Investigators Course

Formerly Criminal Investigation Course
Formerly Basic Criminal Investigator's Course
Course Category: 
Location: 
130-30 28th Avenue, College Point, NY
Length: 

Version 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6: 105 hours (3 weeks). Version 7: 70 hours.

Dates: 

Version 1: February 1976 - April 1985. Version 2: May 1985 - December 1990. Version 3: January 1991 - August 1996. Version 4: September 1996 - February 1998. Version 5: March 1998 - February 1999. Version 6: March 1999 - June 2016. Version 7: July 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: To provide law enforcement personnel with an understanding of the theory and practice of criminal investigation. Version 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to apply the approved principles of criminal investigation to the various types of crimes; cite applicable court decisions, constitutional and penal laws.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Topics include: the law and investigative techniques as they relate to specialized types of investigation, such as those relating to organized crime, drug abuse, stolen credit cards, and juvenile offenders; the development of verbal skills and strategies for interviewing in various criminal situations; standards of proof; surveillance techniques; courtroom testimony. The course includes guest lectures by experts in special topics and practical exercises in field investigations. Version 2 and 3: Topics include: constitutional and penal law; crime scene investigation; homicide investigation; sex crime investigation; interviewing and interrogation; forensic evidence; other investigative topics, including terrorism, hostages, arson, and civil liability. Version 4: All topics in Version 3; in addition, check fraud, police impersonation investigations, computer crimes. Version 5: Topics include: constitutional and penal law; crime scene investigation; homicide investigation; sex crime investigation; interviewing and interrogation; forensic evidence; other investigative topics, including terrorism, hostages, arson, and civil liability; check fraud; police impersonation investigations; computer crimes; COMPSTAT; capital homicide cases. Version 6 and 7: All topics in Version 5; in addition, robbery investigation, and line-up, photo arrays, and show-ups.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice or Criminal Science (10/76) (10/86 revalidation) (1/91 revalidation) (5/96 revalidation) (5/01 revalidation) (6/06 revalidation) (6/11 revalidation) (6/16 revalidation).  NOTE: for Versions 1-5: This is an advanced investigative course, which overlaps the Criminal Investigation course offered as part of recruit training. A college should carefully consider the granting of credit to students for both courses because of the similarity in subject matter covered. This Note does not apply to Version 6 or 7.

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