Crime Scene Follow-Up Investigations

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
34 clock hours

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course is a component of the Florida Law Enforcement Academy. It is designed to prepare the student to respond to a crime scene, protect and survey a crime scene, process a crime scene, dust for latent prints, and document a crime scene by sketching, and conduct follow up investigations. This course includes classroom instruction and scenario-based training exercises.

Course Details


This course is open only to students admitted to the Florida Law Enforcement Academy.




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Florida Law Enforcement Academy Volume 1 © 2021 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). All rights reserved. ISBN 13: ISBN 10: Published by XanEdu Publishing, Inc.  (Provided)


Assignment/course outline:

Unit 1: The Crime Scene

Lesson 1: Evidence Rules and Concepts

Lesson 2: Secure and Protect the Crime Scene

Lesson 3: Manage Victims, Witnesses, and Suspects

Lesson 4: Document the Crime Scene

Lesson 5: Evidence-Handling Procedures

Unit 2: Follow-up Investigation

Lesson 1: Review Initial Information and Pursue Leads

Lesson 2: Gather Information on an Unknown Suspect

Lesson 3: Gather Information on a Known Suspect

Lesson 4: Show up, Photographic Array, and Photo Lineup

Unit 3: Preparing for Court

Lesson 1: Testimony



Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Crime Scene Follow-up Investigations is an approved course by Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the purpose of Law Enforcement Certification.  See chart below.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Apply the rules and concepts of evidence
  • Secure and protect a crime scene
  • Secure victims, witnesses, and suspects at a crime scene
  • Document a crime scene by photographing the scene or persons on the scene, or by sketching the scene
  • Recognize, search for, collect, preserve, and document different types of evidence at a crime scene
  • Initiate a follow-up investigation through incident report analysis, following leads, and working with field contacts and confidential sources of information
  • Gather information on an unknown suspect through crime patterns and a suspect’s modus operandi
  • Gather information on a known suspect or wanted person
  • Conduct a show up and a lineup, and create a photo array for use in a photo lineup
  • Prepare for and give testimony in the courtroom including cross-examination tactic 

Demonstrate mastery of Law Enforcement knowledge and skills.

Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

Apply critical thinking and problem-solving proficiency as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

Demonstrate team building, interpersonal, and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

Demonstrate leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement workplace.

Demonstrate skills required for state certification and employment as a law enforcement officer.



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Lecture
  • Role Play
  • Videos
  • Quizzes


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