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ICI Foundation Specialty Courses

A Foundation Specialty is an area of investigative specialization. There are 16 Foundation Specialty courses, and each student is required to complete at least one. Additionally, each student must complete three Investigative Electives from the list of Investigative Electives (docx). The Foundation Specialty course cannot to used as an Investigative Elective.

The 16 Foundation Specialties are:

Arson and Explosives

Arson/Explosive Investigation (ICI)
Course Number: 30101

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the basics for conducting investigations into fire or explosion incidents.  This course is designed to enhance the origin and cause investigative skills of the law enforcement and/or fire investigator. This course provides instruction in explosives identification and applications, explosives effects, IED component recognition and evidence collection. The student/investigator will be given information in a variety of scenarios and must make a determination whether a fire or explosion is accidental or criminal.

Students will be trained in a systematic method of investigating a fire or explosion scene including fire dynamics, fire chemistry and burn pattern analysis.  Students will learn how to properly document fire and explosion scenes and describe the steps necessary to obtain a search warrant for such incidents.

At the conclusion of this course, the student/investigator will be able to:  interpret and apply laws related to arson and explosive incidents; utilize proper investigative techniques to determine whether a fire/explosion is accidental or criminal; understand the roles and responsibilities of the fire/explosion investigator; successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of fire/explosive cases; and effectively use appropriate experts in developing their cases and court presentations.

Number of Hours: 40

Burglary

Burglary Course (ICI)
Course Number: 31290

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the knowledge and skills necessary to competently conduct burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property investigations.  Students will be trained in specific investigative techniques, problem-solving methodologies and case management skills.  This course provides instruction in residential burglaries, cargo theft, safe burglaries, cell phone fraud, metal theft, organized theft rings, pawn shop stings, and crime pattern analysis.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to:  interpret and apply theft related laws; successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of burglary cases; and improve clearance and filing rates.

Number of Hours: 40

Child Abuse

Child Abuse (ICI)
Course Number: 32340

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with an enhanced understanding of crimes committed against children, including physical abuse, neglect, drug endangered children, and sexual exploitation.  This course provides instruction in proper investigative techniques, forensics, child abuse law, collection and handling of evidence, and suspect interrogation/victim interviews.  The student/investigator will be provided with a scenario at the beginning of the course, and conduct a simulated investigation throughout the week.  The student, working in a small group, will be required to provide an investigative overview (formal presentation) of their case to the class on the final day of training.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to: interpret and apply laws related to child abuse incidents; employ proper investigative and interrogation techniques; recognize patterns of offender behavior and victim dynamics in the crime of child exploitations; conduct effective interviews; and successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of a child abuse case.

This course meets the requirements of PC 13516(c) for detectives assigned to investigate cases of child sexual abuse and/or exploitation.

Number of Hours: 40

Computer Crime

Internet Crime Investigation, Intro (ICI)
Course Number: 30591

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides new and experienced investigators with the necessary knowledge, training and practical experience to conduct a variety of on-line crime investigations.  This course is designed for law enforcement personnel assigned to high technology crime investigation units or other specialty investigative units.  Students will be provided with commercial software (at no cost to the officers or their agency) to be used at their respective agencies for gathering evidence using the Internet. This course provides instruction on components of the internet and how it works; using the Internet as an investigative tool to conduct reactive and proactive investigations including: internet protocols; LAN/WAN/GAN operations; understanding email and IP tracing; and using Social Networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as investigative resources.  Students will receive a minimum of 15-20 hours of computer lab time.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to understand crimes committed via the Internet; use the Internet as an investigative tool; interpret and apply current state and federal laws applicable to Internet crimes; and implement the latest techniques to detect and prevent Internet crimes.

Number of Hours: 40

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Investigation (ICI)
Course Number: 32415

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct successful domestic violence related investigations.  Students will be provided with training in victim dynamics, specific investigative techniques, problem-solving methodologies, and case management skills related to the various types of domestic violence including cross-cultural, elder abuse, and stalking.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to:  interpret and apply laws related to domestic violence incidents; and successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of a domestic violence case.

Number of Hours: 40

Environmental Crimes

Environmental Crimes Investigations (ICI)
Course Number: 30262

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the knowledge, skills and techniques for recognizing and investigating an environmental crime. This course is designed for law enforcement investigators and government regulators who investigate environmental crimes and is modeled in adult based learning. This course includes instruction in: environmental crimes terminology, crime scene safety considerations and management, law and regulations, resources and allied agencies, access and search warrants, evidence collection, sampling and analysis, interviewing techniques, investigative resources and methods, and case preparation.

This course is provided through a grant from the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).

Number of Hours: 36

Financial Crimes (Fraud/Forgery)

Financial Crimes Investigations (ICI)
Course Number: 32459

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the skills and knowledge needed to investigate cases of fraud, forgery, and other financial crimes.  Fraud and forgery are a constantly changing, pervasive and multi-faceted area of criminal behavior that demands new and evolving investigative procedures.  Students will practice handwriting identification skills, and be provided with instruction in the identification and preservation of evidence involved in computer and credit card crimes, and classification of fraud schemes and organized crime groups.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to:  interpret and apply laws related to financial crimes; properly identify the elements and processes used in the commission of personal identity fraud; and successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of a fraud/forgery related case.

Number of Hours: 40

Gangs

Gang Investigations (ICI)
Course Number: 26011

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the information and skills to aid them in the successful investigation of gang related crimes. This course is modeled in adult based learning; therefore, each block of instruction will include hands-on activities which require active participation from the class, or small group collaboration. Students will be trained in the requirements to provide expert testimony, and in the use of informants.  This course provides instruction in outlaw motorcycle gangs, prison gangs, and gang subcultures; PC 186.22/Case Law; gang documentation/ file management; interview & interrogation techniques; and the investigative benefit of social networking & technology.  Course work will include development of a personal curricula vitae, writing a search warrant, and building a gang prosecution case.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to:  interpret and apply laws related to gangs and the connection with PC 186.22; conduct a comprehensive gang investigation; manage informants; understand the different types of gangs; and successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of a gang case.

Prerequisite: All students planning to attend this course must view the POST Training Network DVD "Gangs & Drugs: How Gangs Operate", and answer a two-page worksheet prior to the first day of class. The DVD and worksheet will be mailed to all registrants with a travel confirmation letter approximately 6 weeks prior to class.

Number of Hours: 40

Homicide

Homicide Investigation (ICI)
Course Number: 31921

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the information and skills to aid them in a proficient homicide investigation.  This course is designed for detectives who investigate homicides and is modeled in adult based learning.  Each block of instruction will include hands on activities which require active participation from the class, or small group collaboration.  Students/investigators in this class are required to investigate a fictitious homicide which will involve them in collecting/packaging evidence at the crime scene, following up on information provided to them, preparing a search warrant(s) and presenting their case to a panel of legal experts.  Students are also required to attend a site visit / tour of a crime lab and coroner's office; and participate in an outdoor crime scene practical in which they learn methods for determining a potential burial site, how to excavate a body and how to collect insect evidence.

This course includes instruction in: the mindset shift; crime scene and case management; role of the criminalist; forensic pathology and odontology; homicide law and case preparation; forensic entomology and anthropology; homicide interviews and interrogations; child death investigations; elder death investigations; arson and terrorist investigations; officer-involved shootings; electronic investigations; investigative resources (including gang murders); media relations; interaction with the victim's family; and investigator wellness.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to: interpret and apply homicide laws; and successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of a homicide case.

Number of Hours: 80

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Investigations (ICI)
Course Number: 21515

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with hands-on training in the multi- faceted area of Human Trafficking and related undercover operations. This course is specifically designed for investigators responsible for handling crimes related to Human Trafficking. Students in this course are exposed to a series of various scenarios; including sex and labor trafficking case studies, victim interviews, undercover surveillance exercises, use of website searches for out-calls, etc. This course will also provide training on Human Trafficking victimology, victim-centered approaches to investigations, laws and legal applications, evidence collection, proactive case development to include technology used to commit Human Trafficking crimes (internet) as well as technology available to solve crimes, and potential ethical issues. At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to: interpret and apply laws related to Human Trafficking crimes.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to: interpret and apply human trafficking laws; and successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of a human trafficking case.

Number of Hours: 40

Identity Theft

Identity Theft Investigation (ICI)
Course Number: 30611

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate cases involving identity theft crimes and missing persons.  Identity theft crime has become a major security concern for investigative organizations at the local, state, and federal levels. The Internet has added the challenge of an international component involving identity theft crime.  This course is designed for individuals working to investigate identity theft, and includes instruction in: methods of commission; law, case filing and prosecution; current trends and industry standards; investigative techniques; standardized reporting methods; tools of the trade; IP (internet protocol) tracing; internet and other investigative resources; electronic evidence identification and collection; search warrants; nexus with more violent crimes including homicide and terrorism.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to:  interpret and apply laws related to identity theft; employ proper investigative techniques and skills; locate an individual by tracking their IP address; effectively utilize the DMV and Postal Service as investigative resources; and successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of cases involving identity theft and missing persons.

Number of Hours: 40

Narcotics

Narc Investigation (ICI)
Course Number: 32650

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course is designed for peace officers who are currently assigned or will be assigned to investigate major drug investigations. The course covers drug in field training, undercover surveillance, and counter surveillance. Provides qualifications to identify, arrest, and successfully prosecute various major drug violations. This course is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the individual criminal investigators skills in performing the multi-disciplined, multi-leveled tasks necessary to successfully conduct a comprehensive major drug investigations. Instruction in this course is provided through a coordinated, experience-based adult learning approach which addresses search and seizure issues relating to major drug investigations, search warrant preparation, surveillance techniques, case reporting, informant management, major drug trafficking organizations and courtroom testimony.

At the conclusion of this course, students will interpret and apply drug laws; understand drug trafficking organizations; lead a major drug investigation; and prepare a major drug-related search warrant.

Number of Hours: 80

Robbery

Robbery Investigation (ICI)
Course Number: 33310

Course Description

This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with detailed instruction in the broad spectrum of robbery from commercial stores and banks, to street muggings, residential invasions, and the "shakedowns" of youth and adults. The learning opportunities involve the students in examining active cases, analyzing the elements and the evidence, and developing patterns that emerge during a robbery investigation.  Each year over half a million robberies are reported to police in the United States. The successful investigation of this pervasive crime involves an understanding of the elements of the crime, the dynamics of the offense, and the characteristics of the offender. It is also critical that investigators formulate and utilize techniques and strategies to obtain vital information from victims, witnesses, and suspects while developing a successful case.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to: interpret and apply laws related to robbery; recognize crime patterns; demonstrate suspect identification techniques; organize and employ tactical planning procedures; and identify and access useful sources of information.

Number of Hours: 40

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Investigation (ICI)
Course Number: 33430

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the specialized skills and knowledge necessary to collaboratively, effectively, and objectively conduct investigations unique to sexual assault.  This course provides instruction in the ethical challenges specific to sexual assault investigations, types of information that can be recovered using computer forensics, and the SART model.  Students will be provided with training on decision making, and flexibility while handling multiple cases as additional information is received and prioritized.

By understanding sexual assault victim dynamics and the common challenges faced by victims in reporting to law enforcement, investigators will be better equipped to cater their investigation with victim issues in mind, thus enhancing the likelihood of victim participation.  This training will also provide sexual assault investigators an opportunity to discover the ways in which these types of investigations may impact their professional and personal lives and then assist them in exploring ways to prevent negative impact through healthy coping mechanisms.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to: interpret and apply sexual assault related laws; competently exercise their investigative skills in sexual assault cases to increase the likelihood of successful prosecution under California law; identify the importance of a sexual assault forensic medical examination as an investigative resource; understand victim dynamics and counterintuitive behaviors; and develop specific investigation and interrogation framing based on offender typology.

Number of Hours: 40

Vehicle Theft

Vehicle Theft Investigation (ICI)
Course Number: 30190

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with the basic training techniques, skills and information necessary to conduct successful vehicle theft investigations.  This course includes instruction on the following types of vehicle theft investigations:  investigation of vehicle theft by fraud; Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) switched vehicles; salvaged vehicles; and thefts of construction equipment, watercraft, commercial vehicles and motorcycles.  This course also provides students with training related to the preparation and execution of search warrants, and vehicle theft investigative resources such as NICB, insurance companies, financial corporations and/or vehicle dealerships.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to: interpret and apply vehicle theft related laws; understand the role and responsibilities of the vehicle theft investigator; determine if a vehicle has been VIN switched; determine if a vehicle has been stolen; utilize appropriate investigative resources to assist in vehicle theft investigations; obtain the identification of a vehicle with VIN removed; successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of cases involving vehicle theft.

Number of Hours: 40

Vice

Vice Investigation (ICI)
Course Number: 33710

Course Description
This ICI Foundation Specialty course provides investigators with hands-on training in the multi- faceted area of vice and related undercover operations.  Business and social conditions are becoming more complex, and criminal minds continue to devise new ways to commit ageless offenses.  It is essential that investigators receive state-of-the art training to ensure they are continuously a step ahead of the criminals.  This course is designed for investigators responsible for handling crimes related to prostitution, human trafficking, and a variety of nuisance crimes (animal fighting, gambling, loitering, piracy, and lewd and lascivious acts.)  Students in this course are exposed to a series of various scenarios; including ABC buy bust exercises, prostitution stings, undercover surveillance practical's, use of website searches for out-calls, etc.  This course will also provide training on technology used to commit crimes (internet); technology available to solve crimes, the proper use of informants, legal considerations, and ethical issues.

At the conclusion of this course the student/investigator will be able to: interpret and apply laws related to vice crimes; demonstrate competency in investigating crimes related to vice in general; access and preserve computer crime-related evidence; properly and legally conduct undercover operations; and successfully prepare for and assist in the prosecution of vice related cases.

Number of Hours: 40