NUCPS offers numerous courses under the following areas for crime scene specialists, investigators, detectives, first responders, and others who are responsible for major crime investigation:
Crime Scene & Forensic Science
Bloodstain Evidence 1
In this comprehensive course, students learn how to identify various stains and spatters to determine if the stains are in fact blood. Students observe how blood reacts to motion and force and learn how to document bloodstains and competently testify about the significance of the stains as evidence.
Bloodstain Evidence 2
This advanced course provides an updated and in-depth review of bloodstain pattern identification and analysis. The course also enhances students’ proficiency in documentation and reconstruction techniques so that bloodstains can be correlated with patterns and body trauma.
Crime Scene Technology 1
This course explores the fundamentals of evidence evaluation and processing. Students use the latest techniques of evidence development and enhancement in the application of sensitivity and specificity, and examine the different techniques used to gain the most from available evidence.
Crime Scene Technology 2
This hands-on course on the development and enhancement of techniques for physical evidence collection explores a variety of applications and applied methods. Students experiment with many types of equipment and chemicals to determine the most effective application for a given situation.
Crime Scene Technology 3
This advanced-level course features chemical and light source application and enhancement techniques. The methodologies and procedures used in documentation and preservation of trace evidence are also highlighted. By experimenting with complex circumstances, a true chronology of processing techniques and applications used in the field and the laboratory is provided.
This course covers all facets of violent death investigation, including duties and responsibilities of the first responder, investigation at the scene, sketching and photographing the crime scene, estimating time of death, identifying the victim and determining the mode of death.
Digital Forensic Photography
NUCPS's investigative photography courses have been revised and combined into one Digital Forensic Photography workshop that covers many of the foundational principles of photography while delving into digital applications in the forensic field. Students are instructed in the digital format, camera operation, file types and archiving, lighting techniques, controlling and printing digital images, testimony, and more.
Digital Forensic Photography at Night
Learn to apply basic digital photography skills to nighttime and low light-level assignments. Students will learn how to use their camera functions and modes in real-life evening conditions. Important topics covered include how to adjust for variables, calculating low light-level exposures, multiple flash exposures, and "painting with light" or combination exposures. This hands-on course is a must-have for professional law enforcement photographers.
Forensic Art Techniques: Mastering Composite Drawing
This course features hands-on practice sketching composites and performing other relevant drawing exercises. Unlike other forensic art courses, this course demonstrates how to use an opaque projector and freestanding easel instead of a tabletop. Topics covered include facial anatomy, biological variations of race, age and gender and the use of courtroom testimony.
Fracture Match Identification
This three-day course presents the scientific basis for fracture match identification and is designed for criminalists who are actively pursuing or plan to pursue court qualification for testifying as to fracture match identifications.
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Interview and Interrogation
Interview and Interrogation Techniques is a three-day course intended to provide criminal investigators with the knowledge necessary to conduct professional interviews and interrogations to obtain statements that are voluntary, court defensible, and relevant to the criminal matter at hand. The training is intended to enhance the student’s ability to reveal the truth by developing rapport, creating an positive environment for interpersonal communication, reducing acrimony, and effectively challenging deception.
Managing Criminal Investigation Units
Participants in this four-day course study the essential elements of investigation management for the purpose of assigning, leading and managing criminal investigations, reducing error, and improving performance. The goal is to improve investigator efficiency, unit effectiveness, and ensure proper, just investigations. Students will learn about the effective use of solvability factors and case/assignment control, as well as methods for evaluating and selecting investigators. In addition, students learn the role and duty of “officers of the court” from initial case presentation, to pre-trial, trial, and post-trial court actions.
Criminal Investigation for the New Investigator
Designed for the new investigator or investigators without formal training, this course provides a comprehensive overview of investigative techniques, sources of information, resources, skills and tools. Students will learn to systematically evaluate and document investigations, determine solvability, and prioritize investigative leads for the purposes of discovering the truth. Students will be introduced to strategies and skills which will result in legally sound investigative results, stronger cases, reliable performance, and closure for crime victims seeking justice.
Financial Crime Investigation
Understanding the intricate nature of the complex financial networks that fund crimes such as terrorism is essential for most investigators. This interactive, hands-on course was developed in partnership with special agents and financial experts and is presented by seasoned investigators. It highlights the specific skills, technologies and tactics needed to investigate financial crimes.
Internal Affairs Investigations Seminar
This two-day course is presented by a law enforcement practitioner and an attorney with specialized experience in law enforcement disciplinary proceedings. The instructors provide critical information and instruction needed to protect the integrity of law enforcement agencies and reduce risk, while preserving the legal rights of personnel in a manner ensuring adherence to the highest professional standards.
Agents of Change: Building Police-Community Partnerships
A practical two-day course for law enforcement on key topics in contemporary policing. Gain new actionable strategies for developing crisis-proof community partnerships. Learn to apply the NUCPS Police-Community Partnership Checklist for assessment and planning. Recognize implicit bias and minimize its effects, and be able to update and establish policies that nourish an environment of procedural justice.
Commanders Course on Hostage Negotiations
This course prepares the on-scene commander to safely resolve hostage/barricade situations by using strategies and tactics that have succeeded in hundreds of real-world cases. Commanders are taught how to blend the capabilities of the tactical team, the crisis negotiation teams and the incident command staff into an effective problem solving unit.
This five-day course provides negotiators with the skills needed to effectively handle hostage/barricade situations. Classroom instruction is combined with real-world case studies and numerous role-playing exercises.
Field Training Officer
This course trains current Field Training Program Coordinators, supervisors, and officers to implement and maintain their field training programs. The course focuses on how to teach, how to coach, how to address training problems, and how to evaluate performance. Upon completion of the three day classroom portion of this course, participants will return to their agencies to instruct participants in the format, forms, timeline, capabilities, and limitations of their program.
No matter what field training program you use, this course will enable its full implementation and meet your FTO-developmental needs.
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Police Motorcycle Instructor Training
This course prepares instructor candidates to teach the Police Motorcycle Operator Training course. The first week familiarizes the student with set-up and instruction of basic practical exercises while the second and third weeks of Instructor Training overlap with the Police Motorcycle Operator course to give instructor candidates hands-on experience teaching students.
Police Motorcycle Operator Training
This course is designed for police motorcycle officers who wish to hone their skills and enhance safety on the road. Students spend the majority of the course “in the saddle” with practical exercises and riding instruction supplemented with classroom instruction and demonstrations of tactical techniques.
Police Motorcycle Instructor Recertification
This one-day course is designed to ensure all Motorcycle Operator Instructors certified by Northwestern's Center for Public Safety are able to teach the Northwestern Course. The 8-hour program includes a test of the student instructor's riding and teaching ability. Students must successfully pass the course to maintain Instructor Certification. Student instructors with expired, or soon to expire certifications are eligible to register for the course. See course information for critical details.
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Traffic RADAR/LIDAR Instructor Training
This National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved course offers the latest information on training instructors to use LASER technology and provides the background and materials necessary to teach the RADAR and LIDAR operator course at the local level.
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Course
This train-the-trainer course certifies participants to present the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course.
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