Crash Investigation 2

Crash Investigation 2

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12-04-17 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614


Michael J. Oyer, Director
Illinois Central College-North Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:
Heather Grove:

Crash Investigation II

Instructor: Chuck Lamb; Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

December 4-8 and 11 – 15, 2017
2 Week Course, 80 hours
8am – 5pm

This class is funded through the Police Traffic Services Training Project along with Illinois Department of Traffic Safety and the Illinois Law enforcement Training and Standards Board

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: November 20, 2017
Course Size: 18 Maximum

Course Object

At scene traffic crash data collection is useful only if all appropriate information is collected and properly interpreted and analyzed. Participation in Crash Investigation 2 enhances the capability and credibility of the at-scene investigator. Crash Investigation 2, based on the 2014 edition of J. Stannard Baker’s world-renowned textbook Traffic Crash Investigation, emphasizes vehicle behavior in crashes, vehicle damage analysis and more advanced mapping and evidence location skills. Crash Investigation 2 builds upon topics examined in Crash Investigation 1 and provides the student/investigator with greater knowledge of the information available at the crash scene and how to properly collect and initiate interpretation of that information. The course also provides instruction in the use of laser-based measurement devices to measure crash scenes and the evidence found there. Laser Technology, Inc. units are used for these demonstrations. Downloading the electronic information into mapping programs is also covered.

Course Content
    • Vehicle damage analysis – description, reporting and determination of direction of forces
    • Vehicle behavior in crashes
    • Results of the crash on the road – identifying and interpreting tire marks and road scars
    • Lamp filament analysis – determining whether headlamps, tail lights and turn signals were on or off at moment of impact
    • Tire damage analysis – role of tire failure
    • Measurement methods – perspective grid, photogrammetry, measurement techniques, diagram drawing and systematic methods for organizing and illustrating data
    • Interpretation of data – use of all information obtained through investigation
    • Specialized data gathering – measuring devices and other testing
    • Laser-based measurement and use of mapping software
    • In addition to addressing how the latest generation of vehicle electronics – including data recorders, traction and stability controls, multiple airbags – affect both the crash and the crash investigation, specific new topics include:
      • hit-and-run investigations,
      • dealing with event data recorders
      • technical report writing and other emerging technologies

    NUCPS strongly recommends that all police officers who investigate traffic crashes take at least this first-level course.
    Many recruit academies teach only how to report crashes – this class teaches how to investigate.

Who Should Attend

NUCPS strongly recommends that all police officers who investigate traffic crashes take at least this first -level course. Many recruit academies teach only how to report crashes – this class teaches how to investigate.

What to Bring

Please bring the following additional items to class:

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing (likely to get dirty) for Week 2 outdoor projects
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Simple calculator with square root key
  • Laptop computer (or other device) with USB port(s) and Adobe Reader installed
  • Traffic Crash Investigation, 11th Edition – All Crash Investigation 1 students receive a copy of the text. If necessary, a copy may be purchased online at or on the first day of class for courses held at NUCPS.
  • Crash Investigation 2 is designed for those who analyze data collected by other crash investigators and who gather and analyze supplementary data.
  • Crash Investigation 2 participants must have successfully completed NUCPS’s Crash Investigation 1 or its equivalent.

Students may use calculators and electronic communication devices in class; however, possession/use of electronic communication devices during closed-book quizzes and exams is prohibited.

About the Instructor: Charles W. Lamb

Mr. Lamb is currently Management and Training Consultant of the Police Management Training. In that capacity, he promotes the Center for Public Safety services and program with national, state and local agencies with responsibilities and interest in highway safety. He develops educational programs to meet the training needs of these agencies and services as course director or assistant in presentation of training programs.

Mr. Lamb teaches extensively in the areas of Police Supervision, Management Executives Development, Accident Investigation, Radar Instructor, DUI and Drugs course and Field Training Officer. In addition he is responsible for updating curriculums, and present the programs both on campus as well as in the field. He assists in setting up classrooms, instructors, and stock withdrawals for the different classes on campus.

Prior to coming to the Center for Public Safety, Mr. Lamb was a Lieutenant of the Administrative Services Davison with the Rochelle, Illinois Police Department. In that position, he was in charge of all civilian employees (dispatchers, crossing guards) records, vehicles and maintenance, jail and photo room. During his 20 year career, Mr. Lamb handles a variety of administrative and operation law enforcement assignments before he assumed his present duties with the
Center for Public Safety

Mr. Lamb holds a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Aurora, in Aurora, IL.

Course Certification Information;

MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Meets the following mandatory training criteria; Civil Rights, Lead Homicide Investigator and Legal Updates