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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

Collision Investigation Technician

Formerly Collision Investigation; Accident Investigation
Course Category: 
70 hours (2 weeks).
Various locations in New York City.
June 1996 - Present.*
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to collect the information necessary to make the following determinations in motor vehicle accidents involving fatalities or near-fatalities: is criminality involved, were any violations of the law committed, and what were the contributing factors that caused the accident.


Major topics include: penal law pertaining to accident investigation; field testing for alcohol; data necessary to document an accident; field sketching and diagramming accident scenes; photographing accident scenes; tests of the operator, vehicle and road surface to determine contributing factors of an accident; mathematical formulas and computations used in analyzing accident scenes; interviewing principals and witnesses; and preparing written reports on accidents.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice (4/98) (6/03 revalidation) (5/08 revalidation) (5/13 revalidation) (6/18 revalidation). *NOTE: Credit is recommended for individuals who completed this course between April 1993 and May 1996 if they complete all required course examinations at some point after June 1996. The official transcript from the New York City Police Department will indicate whether an individual qualified under this special arrangement.