This article was published on: 05/27/20 10:12 PM by Mike Minarsky

The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice and the Connecticut State Police is proud to announce the development of a unique partnership to offer both non-credit and credit-bearing educational opportunities for state and municipal police detectives. As part of efforts to standardize best practices in police investigations, detectives in Connecticut will be offered an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency through successful completion of non-credit Basic Certification course. To support continuous learning for police detectives, CCSU developed both an undergraduate Detective Certificate and a graduate Advanced Detective Certificate. Currently, police detectives must seek out training offerings through various institutions across the country. CCSU’s new detective programs provide a comprehensive, one-stop option for police detectives to enhance their knowledge and skills that are tailored to the needs of detectives in Connecticut and New England. The certificate programs also are designed to facilitate further degree completion at the bachelor’s or master’s level. Credits earned through the certificate program can be applied toward completion of either a B.A. in Criminology or a M.S. in Criminal Justice. Additionally, detectives can earn up to 12 credits from prior police academy training toward the B.A. in Criminology.

Below are some key points about the different offerings: Basic Detective Certification (prerequisite for the undergraduate and graduate certificate programs)  To be offered online through CCSU’s Continuing Education and Institute for the Study of Crime and Justice starting summer 2020.  Endorsed by the CT State Police Major Crime Methodology Program Advisory Board.  Requires demonstration of a basic understanding of the fundamentals of investigation and evidence gathering. Certificate Programs (undergraduate and graduate)  Require completion of 12 credits of special topic courses.  Topics include Death Investigations, Expectation of Privacy, Financial Crimes, Interview and Interrogation, Sexual Assault Investigations, and Police-Involved Shootings.  Courses taught by leading subject matter experts.  Opportunity to apply credits toward completion of a B.A. in Criminology or M.S. in Criminal Justice. For more information on the Detective Methodology Program, please contact Dr. Julie Schnobrich-Davis at .

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