NUCPS offers numerous courses for crime scene specialists, investigators, detectives, first responders and others who are responsible for major crime investigation. We also offer courses in motorcycle operation and instruction as well as RADAR/LIDAR and standard field sobriety instructor training.
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Crime Scene and 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.
- Death Investigation
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 maintains 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.
- 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.
- Shooting Reconstruction 1
This course covers basic shooting-incident investigation and reconstruction topics as well as elements that are unique and specific to police-involved shooting incidents.
- Shooting Reconstruction 2
This course allows for the further development of shooting reconstruction skills. Topics covered include interpretation of gunshot residue, wound ballistics, external ballistics and reconstructing an unattended death.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 for the police motorcycle instructor whose certificate has expired or who wants to upgrade his or her skills to reflect the latest teaching techniques. The course emphasizes new ABS braking techniques along with exercises that safely promote proficiency and student confidence.
- 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.
- Hostage Negotiations
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.
- Criminal Investigation for the New Investigator
Designed for the new or newly-promoted investigator, this course provides a comprehensive overview of investigative techniques, sources of information, resources, skills and tools. Students return to their departments with a strong fundamental knowledge base allowing them to contribute to their units immediately.
- 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 Seminar
This course teaches administrators the skills necessary to protect an agency's integrity while preserving the legal rights of personnel in a way that ensures that the agency adheres to the highest professional standards.
- Managing Criminal Investigation Units
This course provides in-depth instruction in three major areas: management of caseload, case information management and management of criminal investigators. Additional discussion includes handling multiple crime scenes, forensic-intensive investigations and multijurisdictional major case units.
- Police Training Officer
This course introduces experienced patrol officers to the police training model and the use of learning activity plans and coaching and training reports. Attendees learn to use these tools and concepts to guide new officers in the development of critical thinking and problem solving capabilities.
- Preventing Community Crisis: Developing a New Dynamic in Community-Police Relationships
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.