North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Introduction to Traffic Crash Investigation

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Law enforcement officers who may be the first to arrive on scene at a traffic crash.

Course Goals:

To teach the officer methods for identification, preservation and documentation of critical time-sensitive evidence typically found at the scene of a traffic crash.  

Course Objectives:

The course will include instruction covering the following areas:

• Safely responding to the scene.
• Scene management.
• Recognizing the Human Factors involved.
• Interviewing techniques.
• Identifying and documenting physical evidence.
• Measuring and diagramming crash scenes.
• Legal issues.
• Proper completion of the DMV-349.


The class will employ lectures and extensive practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. Students must attain a pass (pass/fail scoring) on all practical exercises and a score of 75% on the final written exam.
This course is a prerequisite for NCJA At-Scene Traffic Crash Investigation.


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Length of Course:

Five days - 40 hours


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