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Criminal Investigator Training Program

59 Training Days
Locations Offered
Accreditation Status


The tasks of contemporary law enforcement are complex and challenging. Essential to effective performance as a criminal investigator is a comprehensive and progressive formal training program, which provides assurance that new practitioners are fully equipped to meet the rigorous demands of the environment in which they will operate.

FLETC’s Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) provides, on an interagency basis, a program of instruction that fulfills all the basic criminal investigative training requirements necessary for responsible and competent job performance. Rather than being agency-specific, the program addresses common knowledge, skills, and abilities that are expected of all investigators. In today's changing world, criminal investigators are faced with a variety of situations that, in addition to traditional law enforcement skills, require an awareness of and expertise in human behavior, modern technology, cultural sensitivity, law, and other interdisciplinary approaches to effective law enforcement. The CITP is designed to meet these training needs as identified through systematic program monitoring in the form of validation studies and continuous research, which includes feedback from Partner Organizations (POs). 

Lecture, laboratories, practical exercises and written exams are used to ensure that each trainee acquires the critical knowledge, skills and abilities required of new criminal investigators. Throughout the program, the trainees must participate as a member of a small task force team in a Continuing Case Investigation. Interviewing of witnesses along with surveillance and undercover operations enable the students to develop a case, write and execute search and arrest warrants, write a criminal complaint, obtain an indictment, and testify in a courtroom hearing.

The POs and FLETC divisions participating in the CITP have conducted Curriculum Review Conferences (CRCs) in July 2003, August 2005, March 2009, April 2012 and most recently, August 2017.  On April 18, 2018, The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board granted reaccreditation status to the CITP.


This program is designed for full-time law enforcement agents or officers from the Partner Organizations (PO). Each PO sets the standards in recruiting and designating employees for training.  After the individuals have been selected, they are sent by that organization to the FLETC. Attendees must meet their agency’s recruitment standards and the FLETC Physical Performance Requirements prior to arriving for the training program.

Required Training Materials


Program Syllabus/Curriculum

Behavioral Science

  • Cross Cultural Communications
  • Cognitive Interview
  • Interviewing for Criminal Investigators
  • Suspect Interview
  • Farina Interviewing


  • Operations Security (OPSEC)
  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • Terrorism
  • Aircraft Countermeasures
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • TSA Regulations:  Flying Armed


  • Introduction to Mobile Device Investigations
  • First Responders to Digital Evidence
  • Electronic Surveillance Techniques
  • Conducting Investigations in the Cyber Environment


  • Non-Emergency Vehicle Operations (NEVO)
  • Skid Control
  • Cognitive Driver Training – Crash Avoidance
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course

Enforcement Operations

  • Use of Force
  • Human Trafficking
  • Officer Safety and Survival
  • Active Threat Response Tactics
  • Basic Tactics


  • Law Enforcement Handgun
  • Firearms Safety Rules and Regulations
  • Law Enforcement Shotgun
  • Reduced Light for Semiautomatic Pistol
  • Down / Disabled Officer Course
  • Judgment Pistol Shooting (JPS)
  • Live Fire Cover Course
  • One Hand Survival Techniques
  • Tactical Threat Engagement
  • Law Enforcement Skills and Fundamentals Incorporating Training Ammunition (NLTA)

Investigative Operations

  • Continuous Case Investigations (CCI)
  • Criminal Investigations / Case Management
  • Execution of a Search Warrant
  • Informants
  • Description and Identification Process
  • Authentication of Identity Documents for Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Operational Planning
  • Documentation / Report Writing
  • Surveillance
  • Undercover Operations
  • Radio Communications
  • Controlled Substance Identification
  • Basic Law Enforcement Photography and Video
  • Prisoner Processing
  • Basic Physical Evidence w/Questioned Documents
  • Recognition of a Clandestine Labs
  • Investigative Information Sources and Financial Analysis

Leadership Training

  • Ethical Behavior and Core Values


  • Officer Liability
  • Courtroom Testimony
  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Courtroom Evidence
  • Federal Court Procedures
  • Fourth Amendment
  • Use of Force (Legal Aspects)
  • Fifth and Sixth Amendments
  • Electronic Law and Evidence

Physical Techniques

  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Spray
  • Baton Control Techniques
  • Tactical Medical
  • Introduction to Physical Training
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Physical Efficiency Battery
  • Community First Aid and Safety with
  • Control Tactics


Program Contact Info


Rueben Dozier: (912) 267-2598

Shawn Corcoran: (912) 267-3449


Program Registration