Crime Scene Follow-Up Investigations

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
34 clock hours

Effective beginning:

001, 001C, 002, 003


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:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.

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:

See first-day handout.


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 is the primary method of instruction. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. Lectures will come primarily from the textbook in formats that may include power point presentations, white board illustrations, videos, and web-based technologies and student discussion on specific topics.


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