Professional Method Training and Forensic Science Practice


Course Code: S3V4


Number of Effective Classes (Per Week): 1

Theoretical Education:

Practical Training:

Special Forms of Training:




Prerequisite/s: None

Educational Objective: The course enables students to directly link theoretical knowledge acquired at University of Criminal Investigation and Police Studies to hands-on performance of police officials, i.e. to broaden existing theoretical knowledge and acquire new practical skills and knowledge necessary for carrying out regular and emergency duties. The course also aims to enable students to more comprehensively master the course contents of vocational subjects so as to become more qualified for the work in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.

Projected Outcome:

Upon completion of Professional Method Training and Forensic Science Practice, students:

  • will be acquainted with the organization and competences, duties, conditions and functioning of a police directorate;

  • will gain insight into appropriate regulations, operational and other records, files, cases, plans, reports and other management regulations;

  • will know how to write official documents made while performing duties in a police directorate (official notes, records, reports, requests);

  • will be able to plan, prepare and realize concrete activities aimed at preventing, detecting, solving and proving a criminal offence (operational control, operational analysis);

  • will develop belief in, commitment to, skills, responsibility and support for specific regime and working methods of crime investigation police, as well as respect for human rights and professional code of ethics.

Professional Practice Contents:

For the students of Police and Security Module: Organization and competences of a police station; planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling the work in a police station; security situation in the district of a police station; police desk duties in a police station; keeping records; apprehending and keeping a suspect in custody; organization and competencies of a police station; surveillance of safety issues and events in the district of a police station; surveillance and monitoring of police officials' activities; police station records; special police actions; providing police assistance; orders and requests; petitions (procedure with reference to petitions); use of coercive means and measures; public gatherings; disciplinary responsibility and substantive and criminal liability of police officials; minor charges and the request for instigating summery proceedings; organization, duties and methods of duty performance in the security sector of a police station; sector files; sector work plan; writing reports, keeping records, issuing certificates and other documents.

For the students of Forensic Science Module: PREVENTION OF PROPERTY CRIMES - prevention and detection of crimes, detection and apprehension of perpetrators. PREVENTION OF FINANCIAL CRIMES - organization and competencies; planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling the work and duties; new types of financial crimes. PREVENTION OF THE MOST SERIOUS CRIMES - organization and competencies; internal organization - competencies; types of the most serious crimes - murders, rapes; evidentiary procedure; police interview tactics; a perpetrator profile; a victim profile. PREVENTION OF DRUG ADDICTION AND SMUGGLING - organization and competencies; internal organization - competencies; types of criminal offences; evidentiary procedure, police interview tactics; a perpetrator profile; a victim profile. PREVENTION OF JUVENILE DELIQUENCY - crimes committed by juveniles; special characteristics of the police interview with a juvenile perpetrator; the profile of a juvenile perpetrator; cooperation with other relevant authorities in juvenile delinquency prevention. INVESTIGATION OF FIRES, EXPLOSIONS AND DAMAGES -organization and competencies; internal organization - competencies; evidentiary procedure; SEARCHING ACTIVITIES - the procedure of issuing a wanted circular, police information on the search; CRIME INVESTIGATION ACTIVITIES - securing the crime scene; collecting evidence at the crime scene; crime scene investigation report; FORENSIC SERVICE UNIT - organization and forensic service unit duties within the police directorate; securing a crime scene; equipment; crime scene imaging methodology; crime scene investigation report; crime scene investigator report of daily activities; photo laboratory; criminal registration of persons - AFIS; dactyiloscopic expertise; chambers for latent fingerprint development; creating a photofit.

Teaching Methods: instruction, Demonstration, Practicing skills, Realization of case study, Group work, Police desk duties in a school police station.