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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

Internal Investigators Course

Formerly Basic Methods of Internal Investigations and Internal Investigations
Course Category: 
Location: 
74 Poplar St., Brooklyn, NY (through April 1993); 315 Hudson St., New York, NY (beginning May 1993).
Length: 

Version 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7 and 8: 70 hours (2 weeks).

Dates: 

Version 1: January 1973 - November 1983. Version 2: December 1983 - December 1986. Version 3: January 1987 -  December 1990. Version 4: January 1991 - May 1993. Version 5: June 1993 - December 1995. Version 6: January 1996 - September 1998. Version 7: October 1998 - December 1999. Version 8: January 2000 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to provide the law enforcement officer with an understanding and application of the techniques for conducting internal investigations in law enforcement work. Version 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8: Students will be able to: describe legal guidelines, New York City Police Department standards, and general techniques for conducting internal investigations in a law enforcement agency and apply these guidelines and techniques to specific cases.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Topics include: proper procedures for investigating alleged police misbehavior to ensure that such investigations are conducted in an objective and thorough manner and that standardized methods are followed throughout the Department; court decisions in the area of Miranda Rights, search and seizure limitations, lineup procedures and administrative hearings where petitioners are police officers; interview, interrogation, and surveillance techniques; report writing. Version 2:  Topics include: proper procedures for investigating alleged police misbehavior to ensure that such investigations are conducted in an objective and thorough manner and that standardized methods are followed throughout the Department; court decisions in the area of Miranda Rights, search and seizure limitations, lineup procedures and administrative hearings where petitioners are police officers; interview, interrogation, and surveillance techniques; report writing. Instruction includes videotaped role playing and critiques by peers and instructors. (Prerequisite: Criminal Investigation, or Basic Criminal Investigator's Course, or equivalent course.) Version 3:  Topics include: proper procedures for investigating alleged police misbehavior to ensure that such investigations are conducted in an objective and thorough manner and that standardized methods are followed throughout the Department; court decisions in the area of Miranda Rights, search and seizure limitations, lineup procedures and administrative hearings where petitioners are police officers; interview, interrogation, and surveillance techniques; report writing; drugs in the work place. Instruction includes videotaped role playing and critiques by peers and instructors. Prerequisite: Criminal Investigation, or Basic Criminal Investigator's Course, or equivalent course. Version 4: Topics include: proper procedures for investigating alleged police misbehavior to ensure that such investigations are conducted in an objective and thorough manner and that standardized methods are followed throughout the Department; court decisions in the area of Miranda Rights, search and seizure limitations, lineup procedures and administrative hearings where petitioners are police officers; interview, interrogation, and surveillance techniques; report writing; drugs in the work place. Prerequisite: Criminal Investigator's Course, or an equivalent course.  Version 5: Topics include: proper procedures for investigating alleged police misbehavior to ensure that such investigations are conducted in an objective and thorough manner and that standardized methods are followed throughout the Department; court decisions in the area of Miranda Rights, search and seizure limitations, lineup procedures and administrative hearings where petitioners are police officers; interview, interrogation, and surveillance techniques; report writing; drugs in the work place; case classification disposition, role of the investigator, courtroom testimony, crime scene procedures, documents, auto crime, dole testing, special victims, integrity testing, domestic violence, confidential informants, telephone security, eavesdropping, the Rosario rule, use of force investigations Prerequisite: Criminal Investigator's Course, or an equivalent course.  Version 6: Major topics include: proper procedures for investigating alleged police misbehavior to ensure that such investigations are conducted in an objective and thorough manner and that standardized methods are followed throughout the Department; court decisions in the area of Miranda Rights, search and seizure limitations, lineup procedures and administrative hearings where petitioners are police officers; interview, interrogation, and surveillance techniques; report writing; drugs in the work place; case classification disposition, role of the investigator, courtroom testimony, crime scene procedures, documents, auto crime, dole testing, special victims, integrity testing, domestic violence, confidential informants, telephone security, eavesdropping, the Rosario rule, use of force investigations; bribery enhancement, use of force investigations, financial investigations, pedophilia investigations, police impersonations, ballistics, criminal investigative analysis, introduction to the Commission to Combat Police Corruption. Prerequisite: Criminal Investigator's Course, or an equivalent course. Version 7: Topics include: proper procedures for investigating alleged police misbehavior to ensure that such investigations are conducted in an objective and thorough manner and that standardized methods are followed throughout the Department; court decisions in the area of Miranda Rights, search and seizure limitations, lineup procedures and administrative hearings where petitioners are police officers; interview, interrogation, and surveillance techniques; report writing; drugs in the work place; case classification disposition; role of the investigator; courtroom testimony; crime scene procedures; documents; auto crime; dole testing; special victims; integrity testing; domestic violence; confidential informants; telephone security; eavesdropping; the Rosario rule; use of force investigations; bribery enhancement; use of force investigations; financial investigations; pedophilia investigations; police impersonations; introduction to the Commission to Combat Police Corruption. Version 8: Topics include: proper procedures for investigating alleged police misbehavior to ensure that such investigations are conducted in an objective and thorough manner and that standardized methods are followed throughout the Department; court decisions in the area of Miranda Rights, search and seizure limitations, lineup procedures and administrative hearings where petitioners are police officers; interview, interrogation, and surveillance techniques; report writing; drugs in the work place; case classification disposition; role of the investigator; courtroom testimony; crime scene procedures; documents; auto crime; drug testing for cause; drug failure debriefing; adult special victims; integrity testing; domestic violence; confidential informants; telephone security; eavesdropping; the Rosario rule; use of force investigations; use of force investigations; financial investigations; pedophilia investigations; police impersonations; introduction to the Commission to Combat Police Corruption.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice or Criminal Science (10/76) (10/86 revalidation). Version 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice or Police Science (1/91 revalidation) (5/96 revalidation) (5/01 revalidation) (6/06 revalidation) (6/11 revalidation) (6/16 revalidation).

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