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Basic Criminal Investigation Techniques for
Law Enforcement in Indian Country



The field of criminal investigations is one of the most challenging aspects of the law enforcement profession. Thorough and comprehensive investigations often yield successful criminal prosecutions, resulting in safer and healthier communities.

The first step in delivering a comprehensive case for prosecution involves understanding and adhering to the core principles of the investigative process. This two-day class will provide attendees with these principles as well as a platform from which both novice and experienced tribal law enforcement officers can develop further skills and abilities to conduct professional criminal investigations.

Learn from the best! This class is taught by Christopher M. Grant,* former Chief of Detectives of the Rapid City, S.D. Police Department Criminal Investigation Division. During the majority of his 27- year law enforcement career, Mr. Grant has conducted, supervised and managed criminal investigations, with special emphasis on violent crime investigations. Don’t miss this opportunity. Register today!

*Instructor subject to change.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
The Criminal Justice System: Crime, Criminals and Victims
  • An overview of crime in Indian Country
The Investigative Process: Core Elements and Considerations
  • Qualities of the effective criminal investigator
Field Notes and Effective Reporting
  • Verbal and written communications techniques
Developing Investigative Resources
  • Using informants and other sources of information
Criminal Constitutional Law
  • Search and seizure methods and approaches
  • Miranda issues
  • Right to counsel considerations
Interview and Interrogation within the Investigative Process
  • Effective techniques for gaining information
Managing the Crime Scene
  • Establishing crime scene perimeters
  • Crime scene control
  • Crime scene documentation
Physical Evidence Considerations
  • Evidence collection
  • The chain of evidence
General Investigative Techniques
  • Property crime:
    • Theft
    • Burglary
  • Violent crime:
    • Assault and death investigation techniques
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