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Criminal Investigator Training Program

59 Training Days
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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, over the years, conducted Curriculum Review Conferences (CRCs) in July 2003, August 2005, March 2009, April 2012, and most recently August 2017.  In April 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.

Program Registration

Registration is through the Federal agency employing or sponsoring the trainee. The employing agency will notify the trainee of their class dates. 

Federal organization personnel should contact their agency training officer for registration, email questions to or telephone 912-267-3344. Non-PO Federal agencies may send students on a space-available basis.

State, local and tribal officers requesting training may attend if sponsored by a Federal PO. For questions regarding attendance, please email or telephone 1-800-743-5382.

DISCLAIMER: This is a Basic program. Attending a basic program at FLETC is typically a requirement for employment with a U.S. federal agency, and students will be registered by their hiring organization. Students cannot register for basic programs themselves.
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