Course Summary

This course is approved for 4 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

An effective investigator must possess a variety of skills to achieve the desired objective. This course examines some of those skills and the impact they have on the outcome of an investigation. It provides insight into the impact a professional image has on an investigation and examines the role that ethics play in the interactions with witnesses and the case development.

The course also demonstrates the value of courtroom preparation and focuses on courtroom testimony as an important element in achieving a conviction.

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.


Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will possess the requisite knowledge to:

  1. Describe the importance of maintaining a professional image;
  2. Describe the impact that professional ethics has on a law enforcement investigation;
  3. List the framework of rules that govern an investigation;
  4. Define the elements of good report writing; and
  5. List the essentials of steps in preparing to testify.


Major Mark E. Bailey

Mark recently closed out his 24- year career as the Director of the Marine Corps’ Military Police School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice from North Carolina State University and a Master’s Degree in Military Studies from The Marine Corps University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (251st Session).

Mark has served in numerous law enforcement assignments including Watch Commander, Operations Officer (Patrol, K-9 and SRT), Services Officer, Director of Security and Emergency Services (Police, Fire and EMS), and Chief of Police for a 600-man department.