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A Step by Step Guide for Successful Investigations 

Whether your assigned to patrol or a criminal investigations division, victims are depending on you to get it right. This course is designed and instructed by major city criminal investigators with one goal, helping you master criminal investigations. 

Class Begins
June 5, 2024 to June 7, 2024

​Orlando Florida 

Tuition $425

Registration Form 

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You will receive a confirmation e-mail from PSTA once registration is submitted. An official invoice will be forwarded to the student and the department upon PSTA's review. 

*Payment instructions, venue, and hotel details will be included in the invoice. 

Target Audience:

This course is designed for new and experienced death investigators, criminal investigators, crime scene, and supervisory staff assigned to law enforcement and correctional entities. 

Course Objectives:

By the completion of the course, the students will have received instruction preparing them to demonstrate competency in the following core principles:  

Module I:


Fundamentals of Criminal Investigations​

  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in criminal investigations 

  • Historical Evolution of Techniques and Best Practices

  • The Role of investigators in the Criminal Justice System

  • Officer Involved Shooting investigative principles and steps

  • Case Reviews

Module II:


Forensic Science and Investigative Techniques

  • Importance Forensic Technology: DNA Analysis, Forensic Pathology, and Digital Forensics

  • Cell Phone Mapping: Investigative Steps and Techniques

  • Scene Reconstruction, Evidence Analysis, and Victim/Suspect Profiling

  • Psychological Aspects: Offender Behavior, Victimology, and Impact on Witness Testimony


Module III:


Case Management, Documentation, and Community Messaging 

  • Effective Management and Documentation Strategies for criminal investigations

  • Utilizing Databases and Information Sharing

  • Community and Media Relations: Public Engagement, Managing Expectations, and Using Social Media


Module IV:


Practical Application and Case Studies

  • Group Exercises: Review effective interview strategies

  • NIBN Mapping for firearm attribution 

  • Interagency Collaboration and Cross-Jurisdictional Challenges



To Be Assigned 

Instructor Background: 

PSTA instructors are active law enforcement professionals from major city law enforcement departments with vast specialized experience in their fields. Through their acquired experience in their fields, they understand the needs of departments ranging in size of staff. 


PSTA instructors are certified law enforcement instructors that provide relevant real-time information in areas of leadership, major criminal investigations, internal affairs investigations, and logistics & planning.   

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