Atlantic Police Academy (APA)
This blended learning approach aims to reduce the conventional three training days of Level II theory into approximately 6.5 hours of online learning. Part I of this program reviews theory-based information on how to gather information that will be used to determine the cause of a collision. This course will demonstrate the importance of fully understanding events before and after a collision occurs, how to properly record evidence, and what specific types of evidence are required by an Analyst or Reconstructionist to determine of the cause of a collision. Using animated movies, graphics and interactive tools, this elearning course provides a practical representation of the events of a collision. Part I is a pre-requisite to Part II.
On completion of the Level II program (Part I & II), participants will be able to competently assist a Level III Analyst (or higher). Successful participants may be required for court purposes to describe the manner in which they identified, preserved and/or gathered evidence, but will not acquire the necessary knowledge to provide a complete technical analysis. Upon approval of the facilitator, participants who successfully complete this program may also be called upon to assist a Level III or IV Investigator deliver a Level II course.
The practical component of this blended program must be facilitated by a Level III Analyst (or higher) from a recognized Canadian police service or training academy. Part II may be delivered by a police service or training academy.
The APA provides a recommended syllabus for Part II that covers approximately 2 – 2.5 days of practical training. This syllabus may be modified by a police service or academy to meet specific training needs. Training Coordinators from police services and/or training academies, or Level III (or higher) Collision Investigation Specialists can obtain a copy of this syllabus by contacting CPKN Support at 1-866-357-2756.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
- Explain what actions to take at the different stages of a collision investigation
- Differentiate between pre-scene and on-scene series of events
- Explain how road and weather conditions can contribute to, or cause, a collision
- Describe the different types of physical evidence found at a collision scene
- Explain how to properly measure common skid marks found at a collision scene
- Determine if a lamp was active or inactive at the time of a collision
- Describe how to photograph and video record a collision scene properly
- Explain the importance of sketching, mapping and diagramming a collision scene
- Explain how to use the features of the Blue Blitz traffic template to create scaled diagrams depicting collision scenes
- Explain the formulas needed to calculate speed estimates of vehicles based on measurements of tire marks