Investigative Detention 1.0

Investigative Detention 1.0 

Of all police field operations that deter and thwart crime, resulting in the apprehension of criminals, the investigative detention is, by far, the most commonplace. After all, detentions occur at all hours of the day and night, and in virtually every imaginable public place, including streets, sidewalks, parks, parking lots, schools, shopping malls, and international airports. The outcome of detentions will vary. Some result in arrests. Some provide investigators with useful - often vital - information. Some are fruitless. All are dangerous. To help reduce the danger, and to confirm or dispel their suspicions, officers may do a variety of things. This course will provide officers with some basic information on the best practices, techniques, and other pertinent information, in order to assist with legal investigative detentions.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 2.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course Investigative Detention 1.0, 10397-0125 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 2.00 hours of continuing education.

The sponsor of this course has a written policy for the investigation and resolution of allegations of classroom discrimination. This policy applies to all faculty, instructors, administrative staff, and students. A copy of the policy may be obtained from the sponsor by contacting Relias Support by phone at 1-800-381-2321.

Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-INVD
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Summarize the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Identify the requirements for probable cause to arrest and search.
Recall valid indicators that serve as building blocks of probable cause.
Choose the correct definition of reasonable suspicion.
Identify and define the elements of temporary detention.
Recognize the requirements for the authority to stop and frisk.
Utilize the elements necessary to constitute a lawful arrest.
Identify and apply the elements and content a search and seizure.

I. Investigative Detention
A. Fraud Warning
II. Introduction
OSS – Academy®
A. Navigating This Course
B. About This Course
C. Learning Objectives
III. Probable Cause & Suspicion
A. What Does it Mean?
B. The 4th Amendment
C. Valid Indicators
D. Suspicion
E. Appropriate Responses
F. Temporary Detention
G. Requirements
H. Reasonable Detention
I. Stop and Frisk
J. Reasons
K. Friends
L. Seizure
M. Frisk
N. Reasonable Suspicion
O. Terry vs Ohio
IV. Detention Procedures
A. Detainment Procedures
B. Other Seizure Types – Traffic Stops
C. Other Seizure Types – Special Detention
D. Two Methods
E. Officer Discretion
F. De Facto Arrest
G. Totality of the Circumstances
H. Tests
I. Common Sense
J. Training & Experience
K. Least Intrusive Means
L. After the Stop
M. Use of Force
N. How Much Force?
V. Officer Safety
A. Officer Concerns
B. Dangerous
C. Officer Safety Rules
D. Pat Search
E. Pat Down
F. Handcuffing
G. Cuffing Considerations
H. Gunpoint
I. Felony Stop
J. Occupants – To Get Out or Stay Inside
K. Occupants – Separation of Detainees
L. Identifying the Detainee
M. Identifying the Detainee – Refusal
N. Identifying the Detainee – Search for ID
O. Identification of Detainees – ID of Others
P. Officer Safety Consideration
VI. Common Sense & Miranda
A. Duration
B. Use of Common Sense
C. No Need to Rush
D. Extended Detentions
E. Questioning
F. Miranda Rights
G. Miranda Waiver
H. An Interesting Approach
I. Off the Topic Questioning
J. Arizona vs Johnson
K. Checks
L. Show Ups
M. Show Ups – Older Crimes
N. Securing Consent
O. Field Contact Cards
P. Fingerprinting
Q. Photographing
VII. Detention Ends
A. Detention Ending
B. Procedure Problems
C. Free to Leave
VIII. Conclusion
A. Academy Closing Thoughts
B. Summary
C. From the Academy Staff
D. References
E. Congratulations

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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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