Traffic Crash Investigations

Course Code: CJK0088V

Credit Hours: 32 clock hours

Effective beginning: 2021-22


Course Description:
This course is a component of the Law Enforcement Florida CMS Basic Recruit Academy. It introduces the student to traffic crash investigations, laws pertaining to traffic crashes and procedures for responding to a traffic crash. It includes classroom instruction and practical exercises.

Course Details


  • This course is open only to students admitted to the Law Enforcement Florida CMS Basic Recruit Academy.  
  • Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT)
  • Fingerprints
  • Criminal History and Background Check
  • Drug Screen Test




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training, Volume 1 Author: Florida Department Of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards And Training Commission Publisher: Xanedu


Assignment/course outline:

Course Outline

Unit 1: Traffic Crash Investigation Terms and Legal Considerations

Lesson 1: Terms and Legal Considerations Associated with Crash Investigation

Student Course Summary

Unit 2: Traffic Crash Management

Lesson 1: Responding to and Assessing a Crash Scene

Lesson 2: Securing and Preserving a Crash Scene

Lesson 3: Obtaining Pertinent Information Regarding a Crash

Lesson 4: Establishing Evidence, Area of Collision, Cause of Crash, and Taking Measurements

Lesson 5: Managing Crashes with Special Circumstances

Lesson 6: Returning the Crash Scene to Normal and Taking Appropriate Enforcement Action

Lesson 7: Completing a Crash Report

Role-play Exercise #22: Traffic Crash Investigation: Rear End Collision

Role-play Exercise #23: Traffic Crash Investigation: Medical Impairment

Role-play Exercise #24: Traffic Crash Investigation: DUI


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

CJK 0088V, Traffic Crash Investigations, is an approved course by Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the purpose of Law Enforcement Certification.


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Define and explain the terms and legal considerations associated with crash investigations

Respond to a crash scene safely

Assess a crash scene properly

Secure a safe work environment at a crash scene

Provide emergency medical assistance to injured people at a crash scene, if necessary

Obtain pertinent information about a crash to determine how and why it occurred

Identify crimes revealed during a crash investigation, if any

Return a crash scene to normal as quickly as possible

Complete driver exchange of information properly

Take appropriate enforcement action

Document a crash correctly in appropriate crash report form

LAW-EN Outcome 1:  Demonstrate mastery of Law Enforcement knowledge and skills.

LAW-EN Outcome 2:  Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

LAW-EN Outcome 3:  Apply critical thinking and problem solving proficiency as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

LAW-EN Outcome 4:  Demonstrate team building, interpersonal, and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

LAW-EN Outcome 5:  Demonstrate leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement workplace.

LAW-EN Outcome 6:  Demonstrate skills required for state certification and employment as a law enforcement officer.




  • Lecture
  • Role Play
  • Viceos
  • Quizzes

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