80 hr. Crash Investigation #1-DeKalb

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Monday, April 22, 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Dekalb Police Department
700 W. Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL
Instructor: Northwest University Center for Public Safety Staff
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $50

Registration deadline is March 15, 2019

Class dates: April 22 to 26 and April 29 to May 3 (80 hours)

In most jurisdictions, traffic crashes account for more lives lost, more injuries and more property damage than all criminal activity combined. To effectively implement crash prevention programs and improve quality of life, law enforcement agencies need to know the who, what, where, when and why of crash occurrence.

The moments immediately following a traffic crash are crucial, and only a well-trained crash investigator knows how to identify and collect the necessary information at the crash scene and to begin the interpretation of that evidence.

Crash investigators must work quickly and confidently to preserve significant physical results before the crash scene is altered or evidence disappears. They must anticipate what information will be needed for enforcing traffic laws, planning crash prevention programs and possible case litigation. In addition, they must properly document the at-scene information and evidence because once the scene is cleared, the evidence might be impossible to recover.

Crash Investigation #1, based on J. Stannard Baker’s world-renowned text, Traffic Crash Investigation, is an in-depth study of the skills needed to systematically investigate a traffic crash.

Techniques for recognizing and properly recording roadway and vehicle crash evidence are thoroughly presented. Students learn to take measurements and photographs of the crash scene and to create sketches and after-crash diagrams. Crash Investigation 1 also addresses how the collected data are used to reconstruct crashes. Finally, the use of electronic devices to collect and record at-scene data is also introduced.

Course Content:

• Preparation for traffic crash investigation

• Information from and about people•

Information from vehicles

• Information from roads

• Measuring and mapping the crash scene

• Photographing the crash scene and damaged vehicles

• For this updates program, students will develop a new case study. Photographs and exhibits have been updated, and classroom instruction now includes how the latest generation of vehicle electronics – including data recorders, traction and stability controls, multiple airbags, etc. – affect both the crash and the crash investigation

Course Materials:

• Comfortable outdoor clothing (likely to get dirty) for Week 2 outdoor projects

• Stand-alone simple calculator with square root key

• Mechanical pencils

• Staedtler Geometry Compass

• Laptop computer (or other device) with USB port(s) and Adobe Reader installed

• Students may use calculators and electronic communication devices in class; however, possession/use of electronic devices during closed-book quizzes and exams is prohibited.

Course outcomes:

Officers/investigators who successfully complete Crash Investigation 1 significantly improve their ability to handle all aspects of the majority of traffic crash investigations occurring within their jurisdictions.

Participants who successfully complete Crash Investigation 1 are eligible to enroll in Crash Investigation 2.


To promote overall community safety, several federal agencies joined together to create the DDACTS (Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety) initiative. According to their Operational Guidelines, “Current place-based traffic and crime information, coded for type of incident, time of day, and day of week are building blocks of DDACTS … Traffic safety data may include crash causation factors …”To implement any safety initiatives, solid baseline information is needed. The knowledge gained in Crash Investigation 1 and Crash Investigation 2 is essential for this.


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

Civil Rights

☒ Constitutional & Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority

☐ Cultural Competency

☐ Human Rights

☐ Intro Mental Health Awareness

☒ Law Updates

☒ Lead Homicide Investigator

☐ Use of Force (must include scenario based/similar training)

☐ Procedural Justice

☐ Sexual Assault Investigator Training

☐ Psychology of Domestic Violence

☐ Sexual Assault Trauma Informed Response