Course Summary

This course is approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST.

Who Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers/ Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested Students

In this online training, the student will be introduced to the investigative value of handwritten statements as an investigative tool. The instructor will lead students through the proper techniques of obtaining a handwritten statement from any parties involved in a criminal investigation. Further explanation will be given as to why it is best, when possible, to obtain a written statement prior to an interview or interrogation.

The instructor also introduces the student to why written statements are subjective but analyzed on their own merit and not comparatively as with other forms of evidence. Further, the three forms of lies detected within a written statement will be covered and how to identify them.

This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time are tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are watched.  Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched. Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material.

Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.