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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

Fundamentals of Auto Theft Investigation

(Also known as Fundamentals of Motor Vehicle Theft Investigation)
Course Category: 
Location: 

14th Avenue, Manhattan, NY. Former locations:Special Operations Division’s Headquarters, Press Building, Flushing Meadow Park, Corona, NY (through April 1996); Creedmore State Hospital, Building No. 2, 80-45 Winchester Boulevard, Queens Village, NY (begin

Length: 

Version 1, 2 and 3: 32 hours (4 days).

Dates: 

Version 1: April 1980 - December 1990. Version 2: January 1991 - June 2016. Version 3: July 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: provide law enforcement and criminal justice personnel with an in-depth understanding of the complex problems of motor vehicle thefts, the theory and practical aspects of vehicle theft investigations, and vehicle component identification techniques.Version 2 and 3: Students will be able to: apply principles of vehicle theft investigation to specific cases; explain vehicle component identification techniques; and describe the problems inherent in vehicle theft investigations.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Major topics incldue: the law and investigative techniques as they relate to motor vehicle theft; examination of methods used in auto theft/resale; overview of current insurance fraud schemes; vehicle identification numbering; examination and detection of counterfeit and fictitious drivers’ licenses and title documents. Version 2 and 3: Topics include: the law and investigative techniques as they relate to motor vehicle theft; examination of methods used in auto theft/resale; overview of current insurance fraud schemes; relationship to organized crime; vehicle identification numbering; and examination and detection of counterfeit and fictitious drivers’ licenses and title documents.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours as an elective in Criminal Justice (4/85) (1/91 revalidation) (5/96 revalidation) (5/01 revalidation) (6/06 revalidation) (6/11 revalidation). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours as an elective in Criminal Justice (6/16 revalidation).

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