PI001 – Fundamentals and Theory of Investigation
An investigation is part art and part science. By science we mean the structure of the investigation, not forensic science which is a part of the investigative process. Science is the means by which the investigation is organized and the processes or steps needed to do a complete investigation. Art is the skill and experience of the investigator. Any good investigator will program his or her process to form an investigative plan. This course introduces you to several methods of investigative theory, recognizing two things: First, there is no one size that fits all; and second, if the investigator is experienced and has been successful, changing the process might not be the best course of action. The expert for this course will introduce his preferred method which does encompass most investigative steps.
PI002 – Jurisdictional Overview & Law Enforcement Interface
This course introduces trainees to the basics of the legal, ethical, and practical aspects of law enforcement jurisdiction and the interface with law enforcement agencies at all levels.
PI003 – Investigative Report Writing
This course provides PICP trainees with an introductory overview on how to prepare investigative reports. This course will also provide refresher information on parts of the English language, grammar, sentence and paragraph construction, and other related issues. This course will introduce trainees to the various types of investigative reports, investigative writing techniques, and how they are used in detailing investigative activity in both the private sector and the government.
PI004 – The Art & Science of Surveillance
This course introduces trainees to the techniques associated with investigative surveillance. It presents various types of surveillance methods and techniques along with the legal considerations for conducting surveillance. The course outlines practices associated with successful surveillances and offers suggestions for conducting surveillance in urban and rural areas. It also addresses the importance of the surveillance report and the critical role that report plays in the investigative process.
PI005 – Interview and Interrogation
This course introduces trainees to the fundamental techniques of interview and interrogation. Most experienced professional investigators would agree that an investigator must possess effective interviewing skills to succeed. Non-coercive interrogation tactics, skillfully and lawfully employed, often result in accomplishing an interviewer's goal of having the interviewee voluntarily tell the truth.
PI006 – Info, Intel, Indices and Database Searches
This course provides trainees with an overview on how to conduct “hands on” Internet searches from public information websites for use in investigations. No previous investigative experience is necessary.
PI007 – CSI and Evidence Collection
This course provides an overview of the collection and preservation of physical evidence and the analysis of behavioral evidence. This knowledge is necessary for the professional investigator to understand how crime scenes are processed within the parameters of what the courts require for investigative protocol and forensic science. This course introduces participants to each area of evidence handling and processing, to learn the scientific methods and the appropriate protocol for evidence reliability and accurate incident reconstruction.
PI008 – Security of Information Systems and Digital Crime
This course provides trainees an overview of information security and digital crime. It is a nontechnical course for those with a beginning interest in cases involving digital technology. The course lecture, in particular, is written assuming trainees have no previous knowledge of computer security. The text is written in an easy to understand, conversational style that simplifies technical concepts and issues related to cyber security. It addresses issues such as the types of crimes and terrorist acts committed using computer technology, theories about hackers and other types of digital criminals, the legal strategies and tactics for combating this type of crime, and investigation and research into digital crime and digital terrorism.
PI009 – Technical Equipment Overview
This course will introduce the trainee to the types of technical equipment used by investigators to gather and document information about the activity of the target of their case. The course will begin with a primer on the legal aspects of evidence, particularly the U.S. Constitution Fourth Amendment rights. It will provide background information regarding federal and state laws pertaining to the use of surveillance equipment. It will also provide an overview of the technical equipment used by investigators, such as cameras, video camcorders, GPS tracking devices, and other tools; pre-operational planning for the use of tech equipment; and best practices and tips for each type of surveillance technology.
PI010 – Legal Aspects of Professional Investigation
This course examines a professional investigator’s (PI) lawful authority. It outlines the PI’s legal liabilities, standards of conduct, professional practices, and ethics. The course also discusses the jurisdictional requirements for PIs.
PI011 – The Professional Investigator as a Witness
The private investigator (PI) plays a critical role in building a case. It is imperative that the PI understand the aspects of a trial as every part of the job can affect the outcome. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare the PI for the witness stand. There are multiple steps to being a successful witness. This course will discuss the pretrial process, evidence collection, and the trial process, specifically direct and cross examination. These topics will provide the PI with the tools necessary to become a successful witness in a case. The witness stand can be a precarious place for the unfamiliar, unprepared, unsure, or poorly perceived. It is the intention of this course to offer knowledge of court proceedings, identify potential areas of the PI’s practice that can be vulnerable, and provide information to improve the witness stand experience.
PI012 – Developing and Marketing a PI Business
This course introduces students to business and marketing practices for start-ups in the professional investigative industry. The course introduces the fundamentals of starting a private investigation business and describes several successful marketing practices.It also includes ideas to enhance the "marketing" of your investigative department, if you are currently employed as an in-house or allied investigator.