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Master Criminal Investigation Track - 192 Hours
Interested law enforcement professionals are eligible to earn the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Master Criminal
Investigator certificate. Applicants must complete a core-training program of 128 hours. An additional 64 hours must be obtained by completing two elective courses for a total of 192 hours.
• Core Criminal Investigation 40 hours
• Sex Crimes Investigation 24 hours
• Computer Crime First Responder 8 hours
• Death Investigation - Basic 40 hours
• Photography for Investigators 8 hours
• Drug Identification & Field Testing 8 hours
• Internet Investigations 32 hours
• Confidential Informants 8 hours
• Investigation of Bias Crimes 8 hours
• Bloodstain Evidence 40 hours
• Crime Scene Photography 40 hours
• Internal Investigation 16 hours
• Basic Photography 36 Hours
After completion of the required courses, applicants may submit a letter of request for certification with copies of OPOTA
certificates of completion as noted above. Upon verification of completion of the course requirements, the applicant is issued a Master Criminal Investigator certificate. Generally, only OPOTA-sponsored courses are accepted. However, during the verification process, each certificate is evaluated on a case by case basis. Previous OPOTA courses taken are evaluated on an individual basis. Until December 31, 2008, students who have completed the former OPOTA 120-hour Criminal Investigation program receive credit for the following core courses: Core Criminal Investigation, Sex Crimes Investigation, Death Investigation, Photography for Investigators, Drug Identification & Field Testing (120 hours total). After December 31, 2008, the former Criminal Investigation course is no longer be credited toward the Master Criminal Investigator Track program.
Basic Photography has been replaced by Photography for Investigators in the core portion of the program. Basic Photography is now an elective. Students who have registered for Basic Photography prior to December 31, 2007 receive credit for the Photography for Investigators portion of the core program. This substitution is effective until December 31, 2008.