36 hr. Basic Criminal Investigation & New Detective Training-Normal

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Heartland Community College
Room NRC 1202
1500 W. Raab Rd.

Normal, IL 61761
Instructor: Tom Little & Brian Jarvis (PATC instructors)
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $475

Limit of 5 seats for MTU1 members


This course is composed to assist the newly appointed Detective [or Patrol Officer conducting investigations] in becoming familiar with the many aspects of a Criminal Investigation. It is designed to assist in providing a solid foundation of basic techniques from which Detectives can build upon as they progress through their careers. Policies and procedures differ from agency to agency and this presentation is a general overview, not to conflict with your department operating guidelines in criminal investigations.


The 10 Most Common Investigative Errors - Defining Crime – Evidence and Crime Scene Issues – Investigative Training Skills Required – The Investigator’s Responsibilities – The Preliminary Inquiry


Fourth Amendment Considerations – Judicially Created Exceptions – Search Warrant Requirements – Crime Scene Search & Protection of Area – Thermal Injuries- Blood at the Scene- Dental- 3 Types of Track Evidence- The Importance of Documenting Weather- Blood at Crime Scenes- Hangings vs. Strangulations- Searches- Shaken Baby Syndrome


Overview – Motives for Murder – Classifications of Homicide – Evaluation of Information From The Autopsy – Time of Death Considerations – Wound Information and Evidence – Firearms – Blunt Force Trauma – Incisions – Stabbing – Offender Injuries from Self-Wounding – Suicide Investigations – Autoerotic Asphyxia & “The Choking Game”


The Basic Principles of Deviant Sexual Behavior – Paraphilias – Investigative Strategies for Officers to include; the 4 Types of Rapist, the 3 defenses a rapist will give you, the two “M.O.’s in a sex crime, the two parts of a confession with sex offenders and the three reasons “evidence” is taken from a rape scene

Strategies for a Successful Investigation:

Where Your Investigation Begins – Legal Issues Involving the Investigation – Goals and Objectives of a Successful Investigation – The Importance of the Post- Arrest Investigation – Case Management Strategies – Organization – Checklists - Solvability Factors / Case Filtering – Studies Impacting Criminal Investigations – Sources of Information – Knowing & Utilizing Available Resources – Conducting Successful Line-ups – Analytical Tools and the Internet – UCR/NIBRS

Social Media Investigations:

Gathering evidence via social media - Your Legal Obligations - Search Warrants - Preservation Requests - Emergency Disclosures

Digital Evidence:

Importance of Digital Evidence – Types of Digital Evidence - Cell Phone Evidence - Cell Towers - Metadata - Cell Providers and Their Requirements – Legal Issues, Judicial Decisions – 4th Amendment Issues – The Search Warrant

Conducting Successful Interviews:

Introduction to Interviewing – Witness Reliability Issues – Witness Types – Best Practices for Conducting Successful Interviews

Conducting Successful Suspect Interrogations:

Goals of the Interrogation – Legal Guidelines – 5th & 6th Amendment Considerations – U. S. Supreme Court Decisions – Planning and Documenting the Interrogation – Types of Suspect Interviews and Methods of Obtaining Information

Identity Crimes:

Personal Identifiers – Financial Identifiers – Methods of obtaining personal information – Best practices for reducing identity crime – Federal Trade Commission and Secret Service Roles in ID Crimes

Case Studies:

#1 – Multi-Jurisdictional Long-Term Investigations

#2 - Florida Serial Homicides; America’s First Female Predatory Serial Killer



STEP 1: MTU1 agencies must first register for this class on the MTU1 website at www.mtu1.com.  

Limit of 5 seats for MTU1 members / One officer per agency until deadline arrives.  

STEP 2: MTU1 agencies must also register on the PATC website - Select “invoice Agency” and forward the invoice to MTU1.


MTU1 will only cover tuition five MTU1 members who have also registered on both systems prior to the class.

Any MTU1 agency that only registers directly with PATC could end up paying their tuition.



This course has been certified by the ILETSB and approved to meet the following mandates:

☒  Law Updates    

  Use of Force (must include scenario based or similar approved

Civil Rights

☒  Constitutional and proper use of law enforcement authority

Cultural competency                     

  Procedural Justice                

☒ Human Rights

Sexual Assault Trauma Informed Response

Sexual Assault Trauma Informed Investigator

Mental Health Awareness  

☒ Lead Homicide Investigator training

 Domestic Violence Act.