Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services :: Criminal Investigation

Ontario Police College

Criminal Investigation Training


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Today’s criminal investigator is faced with increasingly complex investigations. The Criminal Investigation Training Unit of the Ontario Police College is committed to providing the knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully complete these investigations. Instructors design and deliver training that is highlighted by subject matter experts and scenario based applications. Learners are provided opportunities to demonstrate the specialized competencies required in the following criminal disciplines.


Synthetic Drug Operations for Support Services
Synthetic Drug Operations: Part 1

Synthetic Drug Operations: Part 2

Synthetic Drug Operations Re-certification

Drug Investigation

Fraud Investigation

Gangs Investigation

General Investigation Training

Homicide Investigation

Investigating Offences Against Children Course

Investigative Interviewing Techniques

Ontario Major Case Management

Managing Investigations Using PowerCase

Search Warrant

Sexual Assault Investigation

Site Safety Supervisor

Youth Officers Training


Staff Contacts

John O’Reilly - Team Leader 519-773-4518, john.oreilly@ontario.ca
Randy Close 519-773-4234, randy.close@ontario.ca
Susan Labanich 519 773 4230, susan.labanich@ontario.ca
Mike Lenehan 519-773-4255, mike.lenehan@ontario.ca
Rob MacNeil 519 773 4453, robert.macneil@ontario.ca
Wayne Shorrock 519 773 4488, wayne.shorrock@ontario.ca


Criminal Investigation Progression Chart

his is a chart that shows the progression of criminal investigation training from the General Investigatin Training course (GIT) through training in different types of criminal investigations such as drugs, fraud and homicide, culminating in a person conversant in multi-jurisdictional major case management.

History

The progressive training model provides senior police management a recommended road map for training and succession planning that begins with the General Investigation Training Course (GIT).

The OPC encourages police managers to consider this progressive training model for criminal investigators as they forecast training needs within criminal investigation units of their police services.

The model recognizes that GIT is the foundation for training in criminal investigation work. With GIT as a foundation, officers would be expected to steadily progress through the courses in the model as their experience dictates.


Synthetic Drug Operations for Support Services

Formally: Clandestine Laboratories for Support Services

The Synthetic Drug Operations for Support Services course is designed for officers assisting in the investigation of a clandestine laboratory. This would include, but not be limited to, Identification Officers, Bomb Disposal, Tactical Units, Technical officers and others as part of the overall investigation, but are not directly involved in a Drug Unit. This course will allow those officers to become familiar with, and comfortable working in self-contained breathing apparatus or air purifying respirators. Officers on this course will leave with an enhanced understanding of the dangers present in a clandestine laboratory, as well as the need to work within a team environment.

Topics

  • Role of the Site Safety Supervisor
  • Self-containedbreathing apparatus
  • Occupational health &safety
  • Air monitoring/gas detection devices
  • Lab procedures
  • Function specific duties in a clandestine laboratory
  • Clandestine laboratory history/types &hazards
  • Synthetic labs &marihuana grow operations
  • Decontamination theory and set up
  • Lab exercise (personal protective equipment) (PPE)
  • Fit testing of PPE
  • Range exercise

Assessment Standards

An end of course test will be administered and the students must meet a minimum standard of 75%.

The students will also be evaluated on their participation in clandestine laboratory exercises including self-contained breathing apparatus, air purifying respirators, decontamination, air monitoring, gas detection, synthesis labs, and surreptitious entries.

Attendance on this course is imperative. A candidate missing any classroom or practical sessions during the 5 days is subject to being withdrawn from the course.

Practical Exercises

  • Surreptitious entries
  • Drug synthesis (Ident lab)
  • Decontamination
  • Search warrant execution
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Air purifying respirators

Prerequisites

The candidate must be a full-time member of a support unit that would be expected to, and required to enter a clandestine laboratory as part of an overall drug investigation.

The course is specifically designed to meet the needs of:

  • Forensic Identification Officer;
  • Emergency Response Teams (Tactical members as well as those involved with decontamination);
  • Explosive Disposal Units;
  • Technical Installations.

This course is not for drug investigators.

This is not a general uniform patrol officer course.

The candidate must complete a materials awareness self study through the Ontario Fire College.

Each of the 4 modules takes approximately 1 hour to complete, and the candidate will receive a certificate. Candidates are required to bring documentation showing the 4 completed modules. Anyone not having completed the package will be responsible for completion before the end of the course. Click here for the Terrorism/Hazardous Materials Awareness Course self-study package.

Dress

Uniform or court attire. Raid gear

Class Size

24 participants

Certification

Certificate, certification card and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Miscellaneous Notes

Equipment required both weeks of the course is body armour, raid gear (pants, shirt, jacket, boots), duty belt and flashlight.

Officers will not bring service pistols, ammunition or OC spray.

The National Standard cannot carry out fit testing on students with facial hair that will interfere with a proper seal of the face piece, therefore, students with facial hair that interferes with a proper seal are not permitted on the course.

Fees/Duration

$650 / 5 days

Course Dates/Location

June 3 – 7, 2013 – OPC
Oct. 7-11, 2013 - OPC


Synthetic Drug Operations: Part 1

Formally: Clandestine Laboratories Investigation

The Synthetic Drug Operations Part 1 course is designed to meet the needs of an experienced drug officer who is actively conducting investigations into various types of synthetic drug laboratories. Successful completion will ensure the officer possesses the core competencies of investigation, as well as current trends in synthetic drug production. The candidate will also learn the most common processes and associated hazards of various synthetic drugs production. They will participate in synthetic drug production methods with the guidance of a qualified Health Canada Chemist. They will use the Emergency Response Guide and the Drug Yield Calculator to gather information as part of an ongoing investigative scenario.

Successful completion of Part 1 enables the drug officer to fully investigate a synthetic drug operation but will NOT allow them to participate within the scene until they have successfully completed Part 2 of the Synthetic Drug Operations course.

Topics

  • Current trends in synthetic drug operations
  • History and types of synthetic drug laboratories
  • Associated hazards and processes of synthetic drug laboratories
  • Synthetic drug operations investigations
  • Improvised explosive devices
  • Clandestine laboratory case studies
  • Role of the chemist ( lab session)
  • Synthetic drug production (lab session)
  • Chemical diversion
  • Use of the Emergency Response Guide
  • Use of the Drug Yield Calculator
  • Role of the site safety supervisor
  • General warrants

Equipment Required

No specialized equipment required for this course.

Class Size

24 participants

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the Drug Investigation Course, at either the Canadian Police College or the Ontario Police College.

The candidate must be a member of a dedicated drug enforcement unit, actively involved in the investigation of controlled Drugs and Substances Act offences. This is NOT a front-line officer course.

The candidate must complete a materials awareness self study online through the Ontario Fire College. Completion of 4 modules takes approximately 4 hours for which the candidate will receive a certificate. The candidate will need to review and complete the questions at the end of each module. The candidate will bring the completed questions with him/her on the course to hand in. Anyone not having completed the questions will be responsible for completion before the end of the course. Click here for the Terrorism/Hazardous Materials Awareness Course self-study package.

Assessment Standards

A test will be administered and the students must meet a minimum standard of 75%.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Dress

Uniform or court attire.

Miscellaneous Notes

Equipment required: body armour, raid gear (pants, shirt, jacket, boots), duty belt and flashlight. Officers will not bring service pistols, ammunition or OC spray.

The National Standard cannot carry out fit testing on a student with facial hair that will interfere with a proper seal of the face.

Fees/Duration

$580 / 5 days

Course Dates/Location

April 29 – May 3, 2013
Oct 21 – 25, 2013
all course are held at the OPC


Synthetic Drug Operations: Part 2

The Synthetic Drug Operations Part 2 course is designed to meet the needs of an experienced drug officer who is actively involved in working within various types of synthetic drug laboratories. Successful completion will ensure the officer possesses the core competencies of entry, assessment, processing, exhibit collection dismantling, and decontamination of different types of synthetic drug laboratories.

Officers participating on the course will be fit tested for an air purifying respirator and self contained breathing apparatus face piece by a qualified instructor. This test is to ensure the officer has a proper seal of the face piece while performing practical exercises. The officers will participate in a number of exercises over several days to become familiar with proper donning and doffing procedures as well as to ensure overall confidence in the equipment. A final practical will ensure that the candidate is confident in performing various assigned tasks within a synthetic drug laboratory.

Topics

  • Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) care & inspection
  • Air Purifying Respirator (APR) care and inspection
  • Mandatory Personal Protective Equipment checks (donning and doffing)
  • Fit Testing SCBA & APR
  • Operational Plan completion for Site Safety
  • Decontamination – Theory and Set Up
  • Air Monitoring – Interpretation & Practice
  • Donning/ Doffing and Taping - PPE
  • Operational Plan briefing – with Site Safety Supervisor
  • Range Exercise – PPE
  • Covert Entry – PPE
  • Synthetic Drug Lab – Procedures on scene
  • Confidence Building Exercises – PPE
  • Final Practical Exercise – assessment, processing, exhibit collection, dismantling, decontamination
  • PPE clean up and inspection

Equipment Required

Equipment required is body armour, raid gear (pants, shirt, jacket, boots), duty belt and flashlight.

Officers will not bring service pistols, live ammunition or OC spray.

The National Standard cannot carry out fit testing on a student with facial hair that will interfere with a proper seal of the face piece.

Class Size

24 participants

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Synthetic Drug Operations Part 1 at the Ontario Police College.

The candidate must be a member of a dedicated drug enforcement unit, actively involved in the investigation of controlled Drugs and Substances Act offences. This is NOT a front-line officer course.

Assessment Standards

An exam will be administered and the students must meet a minimum standard of 75%.

The students will also be evaluated on their participation in all the practical exercises over the course of the week.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Dress

Raid gear (pants, shirts, boots)

Fees/Duration

$555 / 5 days

Course Dates/Location

May 6 – 10, 2013
Oct 28 – Nov 1, 2013
all course are held at the OPC


Synthetic Drug Operations Re-certification

Formally: Clandestine Laboratories Investigation Re-certification

The Synthetic Drug Operations Re-certification course is designed to provide the candidate with an update to the skills, knowledge and current drug production trends seen in Ontario. All candidates are now fit tested annually on both air purifying respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus. Also included are case studies of recent illicit drug labs dismantled around the province. Officers attending the 2-day re-certification will participate in a series of practical exercises to ensure a good working knowledge of the equipment used while on scene at a clandestine lab.

This course is designed to meet the needs of officers who have successfully completed the Synthetic Drug Operations Course or the Synthetic Drug Operations for Support Services Course.

Topics

  • Current intelligence and drug trends
  • Occupational Health &Safety - due diligence
  • Case studies
  • Site safety supervisor considerations
  • Dangers in extraction/cannabis operations
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) – 7 mandatory checks
  • Air monitoring/gas detection devices
  • Decontamination procedures
  • Practical exercises: lab assessment, entanglement, emergency donning &doffing of equipment, decontamination
  • Fit testing (APR & SCBA)

Prerequisites

Learners must have successful completed the Synthetic Drug Operations, or Synthetic Drug Operations for Support Services course, (formerly known as Hazardous Environment Response Training).

Class Size

40 participants

Assessment Standards

An end of course test will be administered and the students must meet a minimum standard of 75%.

The students will also be evaluated on their participation in clandestine laboratory investigation exercises including SCBA,decontamination, exhibit collection, dismantling, air monitoring and gas detection devices.

Full attendance is mandatory.

Certification

Re-certification card will be updated for the current year upon successful completion of the course.

Dress

Raid gear as most of the course is held outside in the Dynamic Simulation Area. Seasonally appropriate clothing and raid gear is mandatory for all practical exercise.

Miscellaneous Notes

Equipment required: body armour, raid gear (pants, shirt, jacket, boots), duty belt and flashlight.

Officers will not bring service pistols, ammunition or OC spray.

The National Standard cannot carry out fit testing on a student with facial hair that will interfere with a proper seal of the face piece.

Fees/Duration

$555 / 5 days

Course Dates/Location

April 3 – 4, 2013
April 10 – 11, 2013
April 17 – 18, 2013
Jun 18 – 20, 2013 (OPP only)
Nov 5 - 6, 2013
Nov 12 – 13, 2013


all course are held at the OPC


Drug Investigation

The Drug Investigation Course is designed to meet the needs of an experienced officer newly assigned to a full-time drug unit. Successful completion of this training will ensure that the officer possesses the core competencies of a drug enforcement investigator. This course is not designed to train police officers as surveillance or undercover operators.

Topics

  • Clandestine laboratories hazards
  • Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
  • Drug identification and effects
  • CDSA warrants (drafting issues)
  • Undercover techniques
  • Marijuana grow operations
  • Search and seizure authorities
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Money laundering & currency traffickers
  • Human sources (terms and definitions)
  • Human sources (motivating factors)
  • Search warrants (affidavits &informers)
  • Operational planning
  • Investigative technology
  • Mock court (disclosure &editing)
  • Expert drug witness
  • Civil remedies
  • Investigations case study
  • Legal issues
  • Information searches of cell phones
  • Health Canada DAS – substance production demonstration
  • Search warrant review
  • Completion of operational plan

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the General Investigation Training Course, and is a member of a dedicated drug enforcement unit.

Consideration will be given to officers who are members of a dedicated street team or crime unit. This is not a uniform officer’s course.

Class Size

28 participants

Assessment Standards

A post-course test will be administered and students must obtain a minimum of 75%.

The students will also be evaluated on their participation in a drug investigation case study exercise including: drafting CDSA/CC search warrants.

Full attendance on this course is highly recommended. A candidate missing more than four classroom periods during the ten days is subject to being withdrawn from the course. Students must ensure that any scheduled court during the course must be brought to the attention of the course coordinator for review, prior to start of course.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Equipment Requirements

A current CDSA and lap top computer as there is a search warrant assignment. Officers will not bring duty belts, raid gear, service pistols, live ammunition or OC spray.

Fees/Duration

$940 / 10 days

Course Dates/Location

Sep 9 - 20, 2013
Nov 18 - 29, 2013
all course are held at the OPC


Fraud Investigation

This course is intended to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes of a general criminal investigator to prepare for a specialization in fraud investigations. The course combines a study of fraud law with practical investigative strategies.

Topics

Law

  • Conspiracy
  • Fraud
  • Canada Evidence Act
  • Computer crime
  • Counterfeiting
  • Forgery and uttering
  • False pretences
  • Credit card
  • Identity theft
  • Money laundering
  • Secret commissions
  • Breach of trust

Investigative Procedures

  • Case management
  • Real-estate fraud
  • Seizure of evidence (including computer and documents)*
  • Investigative analysis
  • Payment card workshop
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Credit card workshop
  • Counterfeit money workshop
  • Fraudulent document recognition workshop

Prerequisites

The General Investigation Training Course

Assessment Standards

The successful completion of the course includes meeting the examination standard of 75%.

Crime Scene Investigation is an e-learning activity developed and recognized by the Canadian Police Research council. The Canadian Police Research Council will also certify investigators in Crime Scenes Investigation.

Attendance on this course is imperative. Any candidate missing more than four-90 minute classroom sessions during the ten days will be withdrawn from the course.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Class Size

30 participants

Equipment Requirements

Current annotated Criminal Code

Fees/Duration

$885 / 10 days

Course Dates/Location

Apr 22 – May 3, 2013 – OPC
Sep 9 – 20, 2013 - OPC


Gangs Investigation

This course is designed to give officers the necessary tools to be able to recognize the signs of the gang lifestyle such as: tattoos, graffiti, slang, clothing, weapons, drugs, criminal activity, media supporting the “gangsta” sub-culture including music, magazines and much more.

There will also be a focus on how to deal with gang members on the street with interview techniques, officer safety issues, note taking, investigating a gang related crime and ultimately putting the case together for court including testimony tips and legal challenges.

To balance the investigation, enforcement and suppression of street gangs, the course will look at alternative methods of prevention, gang exiting and community mobilization. Tips and warning signs for parents, strategies for youth at risk to become a gang member or looking to get out, will be explored.

Topics

  • Human sourcing
  • Investigative notebooks
  • Gang identifiers/culture
  • Search and seizure without warrant
  • Firearms Law
  • Internet investigations and chat rooms
  • Characteristics of an armed person
  • Drug identification and effects
  • Gang prevention
  • Criminal organizations
  • Correctional gang intelligence

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the General Investigation Training Course or equivalent.

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Class Size

24 participants

Certification

Certificate will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements.

Assessment Standards

A post-course test will be administered and the students must meet a minimum standard of 75%.

Fees/Duration

$495 / 5 days

Course Dates/Location

May 13 – 17, 2013
Sep 23 – 27, 2013
all courses are held at the OPC


General Investigation Training

The Adequacy and Effectiveness of Police Services specifies required Ministry accredited training in selected areas including criminal investigations. This foundation course is designed to prepare police officers to conduct general criminal investigations andfulfill the requirements of the regulation. This course prepares candidates for the position of a criminal investigator and many other investigative courses.

The General Investigation Training (GITC) course is offered in three formats:

  • The traditional OPC in-house program is designed as a 10-day course incorporating mandatory and elective modules;
  • The Police Service delivered program is sufficiently flexible to be delivered in modular format to meet the needs of individual services. Police services must apply to have their police service designated as aGITC site. (See protocol for procedures). Course Syllabus must be approved by OPC prior to running course;
  • A blended program is made available through a partnership with the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN). This course blends CPKN training and police service delivered training. Course syllabus must be approved by OPC prior to running course.

Topics

Core Topics

  • Theory of criminal investigation
  • Case management
  • Evidence (review) and notebooks
  • Canvassing
  • Crime scene security and management
  • Death investigation
  • Eye witness memory and photo line-ups
  • Handling of physical evidence
  • Informant development and handling
  • Media relations
  • Operational planning
  • Search and seizure with and without warrant
  • Search warrant preparation
  • Victim issues, including third party records
  • Major Case Management
  • Case preparation (Disclosure issues)
  • Admissibility of statements
  • Cognitive interviewing
  • Interviewing youth

Elective Topics

  • Investigative simulation
  • Investigating criminal harassment
  • Surviving cross-examination
  • CPIC for investigators
  • Firearms
  • Computer crime
  • Anti-terrorism awareness
  • Sexual assault kit
  • Youth Criminal Justice Act

Prerequisites

Not applicable

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Class Size

24 participants

Equipment Requirements

Current annotated Criminal Code

Certification

Certificate will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements.

Assessment Standards

Students must meet a 75% standard on a pre-test on criminal offences and general knowledge assessment; and two end-of-week examinations.

Attendance on this course is imperative. Any candidate missing more that four-90 minute classroom sessions during the ten days will be withdrawn from the course.

Fees/Duration

$1,095 / 10 days (OPC-delivered)

$45 - police service delivered

Course Dates/Location

April 15-26, 2013 – OPC
Nov 18 – 29, 2013 - OPC

Police service delivered sites

Belleville

Peel Regional

Brantford

Peterborough/Lakefield

Durham

Sault Ste. Marie

Greater Sudbury

Thunder Bay

Halton

Toronto

Hamilton

Waterloo Regional

Kingston

Windsor

London

Timmins

Niagara

York

OPP

 

Homicide Investigation

This course will assist experienced police investigators to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to investigate homicides in compliance with Ontario Regulation 3/99 on Adequacy and Effectiveness of Police Services and with the Policing Standards Manual (2000) Guideline LE-039 on Homicide.

Topics

  • Philosophy of the homicide investigator and Major Case Management
  • Legal issues
  • Investigative strategies and resources
  • Crime scene examination
  • Case presentation

Prerequisites

The General Investigation Training Course

Crown Attorneys from the Ministry of the Attorney General who are responsible for the prosecution of homicide cases.

Assessment Standards

An end of course test will be administered and students must obtain 75%. Attendance on this course is imperative. Any candidate missing more than four 90 minutes classroom sessions during the ten days of this course will be withdrawn.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements.

Class Size

35 participants

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Miscellaneous Notes

Recommendation: Ontario Major Case Management course (Principles and Practices) would be an asset.

Candidates may be required to attend scheduled sessions outside the normal classroom times (0830 – 1630).

Equipment Requirements

Current annotated Criminal Code

Fees/Duration

$650 / 5 days

Course Dates/Location

April 8 – 12, 2013
Oct 7 – 11, 2013
all course held at the OPC


Investigating Offences Against Children Course

This course is designed for police officers whose area of responsibility includes the investigation of offences against children. The Policing Standards Manual (2000) LE-027 requires the Chiefs of Police to develop and maintain “a policy on investigations into the physical and sexual abuse of children”. In addition, investigative protocols must be followed to minimize repeated traumatisation of the victims and promote the best interests of the child in all regards.

The Guideline also suggests that the investigations, where threshold is met, comply with Ontario’s Major Case Management Manual. This training will provide these officers with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to adequately handle the complexities and demands of child abuse investigations.

Topics

  • Legal issues
  • Child interviewing - theory
  • Child development
  • Dynamics of child abuse
  • Child and Family Services Act / joint investigative protocols
  • Abduction / Amber alert
  • Manifestations of physical abuse [burns, breaks and bruises]
  • SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
  • SUDS (sudden unexplained death syndrome)
  • Death of children under five
  • Abusive head trauma
  • Abandonment
  • Neglect, fail to provide necessaries
  • Luring
  • Internet child exploitation
  • Computer evidence management
  • Drug endangered children
  • Criminal negligence
  • Correction of child as a defense

Prerequisites

Completion of the Ontario Police College Sexual Assault Investigation Training Course, and General Investigation Training Course.

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Class Size

30 participants

Miscellaneous notes

Students will be required to attend scheduled sessions outside the normal classroom times (0830 – 1630)

Students will be required to bring a video of a child interview that they have done.
Complete privacy will be ensured.

Equipment Requirement

Current annotated Criminal Code.

Assessment Standards

An end of course test will be administered and students must obtain a minimum of 75%. Full attendance on this course is mandatory.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Fees/Duration

$1,010 / 8 days

Course Dates/Location

April 2 – 11, 2013
June 3 – 12, 2013
Oct 15 – 24, 2013
Nov 12 – 21, 2013

all courses are held at the OPC


Investigative Interviewing Techniques

This course serves as a practical guide to the newest techniques involved in the fields of interviewing and interrogation. It focuses on the law in relation to confessions, understanding and application of interpersonal skills, gathering of reliable information derived from the interviewing process, how memory functions, interviewing young people, cognitive interviewing techniques, verbal and non-verbal behaviour frequently associated with truth or deception and interrogation techniques.

The course incorporates student participation through group work, discussion and role-playing situations.

Topics

  • Cognitive interview technique
  • Current jurisprudence relating to the admissibility of statements
  • Interrogation techniques and purposes of each component in the interviewing model
  • Operation of memory storage and recall
  • Interviewer attributes which enhance success
  • Recognizing and interpreting behavioral indicators of truth and deception
  • Techniques to reduce information contamination
  • Strategies for interviewing young people
  • Recognition of false confessions/admissions

Prerequisites

General Investigation Training Course

Assessment Standards

Course candidates will be graded by their ability to interact and apply the techniques as instructed and successful completion of an end-of-course examination.

Certification

Certificate will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements.

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Class Size

24 participants

Miscellaneous Notes

Full attendance is mandatory for certification.

Fees/Duration

$575 / 5 days

$325 / 5 day satellite course

Course Dates/Location

April 8 – 12, 2013 – OPC
April 22 – 26, 2013 – OPC
May 6 – 10, 2013 – Ottawa
May 27 – 31, 2013 - OPP/CR DHQ
June 17 – 21, 2013 – York
Sep 16 – 20, 2013 – OPC
Oct 7 – 11, 2013 - Ottawa
Oct 21 – 25, 2013 - OPP Academy
Nov 18 - 22, 2013 – OPC


Ontario Major Case Management

The Ontario Major Case Management, regulationO. Reg. 354/04, requires police services to adhere to the requirements of the Ontario Major Case Management (OMCM) Manual. The OMCM Manual requires any police officer who is a member of the "Command Triangle" to have completed the OMCM course or an equivalent. The OMCM course will provide a competent and astute investigator with the knowledge and skills required to manage the resources, direction, speed and flow of a coordinated investigative team using a multi-disciplinary approach.

This course, redesigned by a team of experienced investigators, is focused on providing training integral to the management of major cases. This course will also provide members of the Command Triangle with an introduction to the approved Major Case Management Software (PowerCase).

Topics

  • Fundamentals of major case management
  • Functions and responsibilities
  • Information/document management
  • Investigative pre-planning and set up
  • Active investigation
  • Managing victims/witnesses
  • Managing crime scenes
  • Admissibility of statements
  • Human sources
  • Managing canvasses
  • Leadership-conflict resolution, team building, team selection, emotional intelligence
  • Media relations
  • Centre of forensic science
  • Office of the Chief Coroner
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Risk management

Prerequisites

General Investigation Training course or equivalent.

Precourse Groundwork

Prior to course commencement, read and review the Ontario Major Case Management manual and the Campbell Report, Kaufman Executive Summary and Recommendations.

These reports are available at www.opconline.ca/Resources/Inquiry Reviews.

Be prepared to discuss these on the first day of the course.

Assessment Standards

Learners will be required to complete an end-of-course written examination of the subject matter covered in the course.

Learners will also be responsible for completing syndicate exercises. The material for the completion of the syndicate exercises will be provided and related in class content.

At the completion of the exercises, the members will be required to present their completed work.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements.

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Class Size

24 participants

Fees/Duration

$1,165 / 8 days of training

$765 / satellite course

$45 / police service delivered

Course Dates/Location

Jan 7 – 16, 2013 – OPC
Feb 4 – 13, 2013 – OPC
Feb 19 – 28, 2013 - OPP/NWR
Mar 18 – 27, 2013 – OPC
May 21 – 30, 2013 – OPC
Sep 16 – 25, 2013 – OPC
Oct 21 – 30, 2013 – OPC
Nov 12 – 21, 2013 – OPC
Dec 2 – 11, 2013 - OPC


Managing Investigations Using PowerCase

Integral to the management of major cases is the electronic storage, retrieval, and systematic analysis of information. This course provides training specific to the roles of primary investigation and file coordination. Members tasked with these functions will receive the tools to confidently manage information in defined major cases.

Topics

  • Review the functions of Major Case Management
  • Information management & workflow

Prerequisites

Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Windows based software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).

Experience in defined major case investigations would be an asset.

Class Size

12 participants

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements.

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Assessment Standards

Given a major case simulation, learners will:

  • Use the PowerCase/Link Explorer software application to manage a defined major case
  • Create a Crown Brief using Adobe Acrobat Professional and other multi-media software.

Fees/Duration

$1,720 / 10 days
$1,500 / satellite course
$45 / police service delivered

Course Dates/Location

Jan 14 – 25, 2013 - OPC
Feb 4 – 15, 2013 - OPC
March 11 – 22, 2013 - OPP/ER
April 15 – 26, 2013 - OPC
May 27 – Jun 7, 2013 - OPC
June 17 - 28, 2013 - OPC
Sep 16 – 27, 2013 - OPC
Oct 28 – Nov 8, 2013 - OPC
Nov 18 – 29, 2013 - OPC
Dec 2 – 13, 2013 - OPC


Search Warrant

This course will provide investigators with the skill sets required to successfully prepare a range of applications for prior-judicial authorization for search and seizure activity. The curriculum focuses on the authorities for search and seizure and practical issues associated with warrant applications and their preparation.

Topics

  • Organizing principles and Section 487
  • Structuring a good warrant
  • Facial validity issues
  • Understanding the warrant provisions
  • 487.01 general warrants
  • DNA warrants
  • Computer searches
  • The informer challenge
  • Sealing applications
  • Production orders
  • Computer searches
  • Consent, plain view, abandoned Material, exigent circumstances
  • Execution issues
  • Practical exercise (draft one 487 search warrants)
  • Execution issues
  • Searches without warrant

Prerequisites

The prerequisites are crucial to the student’s success on the course; one of the following courses must have been completed:

  • General Investigation Training Course
  • Major Crime Course (C.P.C)
  • Criminal Investigation Course (Toronto)
  • Criminal Investigation Course (OPP)
  • Criminal Investigation Course (York)

Assessment standards

The learners will be required to draft two separate search warrants (487, 487.01).

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Class Size

24 participants

Equipment Requirements

Current annotated Criminal Code. A laptop computer can be useful for this training, if available.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements.

Fees/Duration

$495 / 5 days

$245 / satellite courses

Course Dates/Location

April 8 – 12, 2013 - Windsor
May 13 – 17, 2013 - Sudbury
Sep 30 – Oct 4, 2013 - York
Oct 21 – 25, 2013 - Ottawa
Nov 4 – 8, 2013 - OPP
Nov 18 – 22, 2013 - Hamilton
Dec 2 – 6, 2013 – OPC


Sexual Assault Investigation

This course is designed to assist experienced investigators in developing skills and knowledge as they relate to the investigation of sexual assault incidents. The Policing Standards Manual (2000) LE-034 requires the Chiefs of Police to develop and maintain “procedures on and processes for undertaking and managing investigations into sexual assaults.” The Guideline also suggests that the investigations, where threshold is met, comply with the Ontario Major Case Management Manual. This training will provide these officers with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to adequately handle the complexities and demands of sexual assault investigations.

Topics

  • Ontario Sex Offender Registry
  • 810.1 and 810.2 recognizance
  • Legal issues
  • DNA warrants
  • Dangerous/long term offenders
  • Admissibility of evidence
  • Interviewing
  • Centre of Forensic Sciences – Biology & Toxicology sections
  • Major Case Management/PowerCase
  • Behavioural Sciences Unit
  • VICLAS
  • Sexual Assault Evidence kit
  • Victim issues
  • Case study application
  • Historical sexual assault Investigation
  • HIV Investigations
  • Resiliency in challenging times

Prerequisites

The General Investigation Training Course or Major Crime Course (C.P.C.) or
Criminal Investigation Course (Toronto) or
Criminal Investigation Course (OPP) or
Criminal Investigation Course (York).

Miscellaneous Notes

Students may be required to attend scheduled sessions outside the normal classroom times (830 – 1630).

Assessment Standards

An end of course test will be administered and students must obtain a minimum of 75%. Case study submissions and presentation material will also be considered for successful course completion.

Full attendance on this course is mandatory.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements.

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Class Size

24 participants

Equipment Requirements

Current annotated Criminal Code. Laptop computer for week 2 practical.

Fees/Duration

$955 / 9 days

$690 / satellite courses

Course dates/location

May 6 – 16, 2013 – Ottawa
Aug 19 – 29, 2013 – OPC
Sep 9 – 19, 2013 - OPC


Site Safety Supervisor

This course is designed to give the candidate the required knowledge and skills that will enable them to perform the duties as the ultimate authority at the clandestine laboratory scene. This course is the next step in training after the Synthetic Drug Operations course. The Site Safety Supervisor will oversee control of all persons entering the scene: including Police; Fire; Emergency Medical Services; chemists and waste management personnel. The candidates will oversee a number of practical exercises being performed by the Synthetic Drug Operations course. As well, the candidates will coordinate a final practical exercise working with clan lab officers, chemists, EMS paramedics, and fire service personnel.

Topics

  • Leadership – intelligence model
  • Occupational Health & Safety (due diligence)
  • Roles of the Site Safety Supervisor
  • Hazardous material awareness
  • Gas detection devises (air monitor interpretation)
  • Supervising covert entries (practical)
  • Review operational plans
  • Conducting briefings
  • Completing the HARP form
  • Case studies (hazards & responsibilities)
  • Decontamination review
  • Decontamination set-up (practical)
  • Site considerations (final operational plan)
  • Working with other agencies

Prerequisites

Learners must have successfully completed the Synthetic Drug Operations Course. The candidate must possess experience in dismantling clandestine drug labs but does not have to be a full time member of a drug unit.

Class Size

8 participants

Assessment Standards

An end of course test will be administered and the students must meet a minimum standard of 75%.

The students will also be evaluated on their participation in a supervisory role during clandestine laboratory investigation exercises including self contained breathing apparatus, decontamination, synthesis labs, HARP, labour codes, air monitoring and gas detection devices as well as surreptitious entries.

Full attendance on this course is mandatory. A candidate missing any classroom or practical session during the course will be withdrawn from the course.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Dress

Uniform or court attire. Raid gear is mandatory for all practical exercises.

Miscellaneous Notes

Equipment required: raid gear (pants, shirt, jacket, boots). Officers will not bring service pistols, live ammunition or OC spray.

Fees/Duration

$665 / 4 days

Course Dates/Location

May 6 - 9, 2013 – OPC
Oct 28 - 31, 2013 - OPC

all courses held at the OPC


Youth Officers Training

The Ontario School Resource Officer (OSRO) program is an effective policing tool in safeguarding Ontario’s youth. It is consistent with the National Youth Officer program. This course is the next step in promoting and supporting school resource / youth officers in the province.

The Youth Officers Training course will give police officers a comprehensive overview of the knowledge, skills and abilities to be effective school / youth resource officers in Ontario. The curriculum focuses on the key issues and topics for prevention, intervention and enforcement related to the issues of youth crime and victimization within the school and the community at large.

Topics

Law

  • Weapons
  • Firearms Act
  • Youth Criminal Justice Act
  • Liquor Licence Act
  • Trespass to Property Act
  • Education Act / Safe Schools Act
  • Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Investigative Procedures

  • Intelligence gathering / informants
  • Gangs
  • Graffiti
  • Threat assessment
  • Lockdowns
  • Internet

Prerequisites

The candidate must be a police officer.

Assessment Standards

An end-of-course test will be administered and the students must meet a minimum standard of 75%.

Attendance on this course is imperative. Any candidate missing more that two-90 minute classroom sessions during the five days will be withdrawn from the course.

Certification

Certificate and evaluation will be issued upon successful completion of course requirements.

Dress

Uniform or court attire

Class Size

30 participants

Fees/Duration

$495 / 5 days

Course Dates/Location

Aug 19 – 23, 2013 - OPC