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3-Day Training Schedule



  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    8 hours 30 minutes

    Training Day 1 Schedule

    Cypress Creek Fire Department

  • 8:00 a.m.

    Course overview, instructor and student introductions

  • 8:30 a.m.

    Course #1 Potential Confidential Informants (PCI): Locating and Selecting begins​​​

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

       -Identifying the seven characteristics of a preferred Confidential Informant (CI)​

       -Producing the Specific Informant Blueprint (SIB)

       -Conducting background investigations on Potential Confidential Informants (PCI)

       -Creating the PCI Profile Report on each candidate

       -Screening and rating PCI’s

       -Utilizing the Recruitment Proposition Diagram (RPD)

       SIB: A detailed personality profile of the ideal CI

       RPD: Collecting assessment data toward the development of a successful recruitment strategy

  • 10:45 a.m.

    Course #2 Potential Confidential Informants (PCI) Assessment and Recruitment begins

  • 10:45 a.m - 11:30

    -Classroom rapport building exercise

    -Identifying CI motivations

    -Analyzing defendants as CI’s

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    -Conducting 2 of 4 role-play interviews of PCI’s Michelle Rappaport and Stephen Wilson

    -Reviewing RPD data in 2 of 4 break-out sessions from information collected in the limited background, PCI Profile   Report and assessment interviews conducted on PCI’s

    -Conducting surveillance: For initial approach to make contact for first interview

    -Role-play interviews (2 for each PCI): Interview with the goal of collecting as much assessment data as possible for   your Recruitment Proposition Diagram

    -RPD (2 break-out sessions for each PCI)

    -Recruitment proposition: You must explicitly and undeniably communicate to your PCI confirming they understand   you need them to work with you as a Confidential Informant

  • 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Off-site elicitation exercise

  • 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Off-site area familiarization route for day #2 surveillance detection exercise

  • 4:15 p.m - 4:30 p.m.

    Review, and any questions about material covered on day 1 or pending training on days 2 and 3

  • 4:30 p.m.

    Course session ends for the day. Please be back by 8:00 a.m. the following morning




  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    8 hours 30 minutes

    Training Day 2 Schedule

    Cypress Creek Fire Department


  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Resume with 2 role-play interviews and break-out sessions of PCI Stephen Wilson

  • 9:45 a.m.

    Course #3 Confidential Informants (CI): Handling and Development begins

  • 9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    -Preparing contact/meeting plans

    -Implementing contingencies and cover stories

    -Managing communication devices

    -Utilizing surveillance detection methods


  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Off-site surveillance detection exercise: Students will conduct a surveillance detection exercise--break into two 2-  officer teams (4 officers) and drive a 4-mile route from the Cypress Creek Fire Department and back, making two  Rational Stops (one at a gas station and one in a parking lot) and a severe Deviation attempting to spot surveillance 


  • 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

       -Directing CI evidence and intelligence collection

       -Employing electronic surveillance devices

  • 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    -Review, and any questions about material covered on days 1 and 2 or pending training on day 3

    -Go over details pertaining to the open book 45-question multiple-choice/true-false examination--60 minutes to   complete exam

  • 4:30 p.m.

    Course session ends for the day. Please be back by 8:00 a.m. the following morning. Give students the location of the after class net-working event




  • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    7 hours

    Training Day 3 Schedule

    Cypress Creek Fire Department


  • 8:00 a.m.

    45-question multiple-choice/true-false, open-book examination. The exam is presented in the order the material was covered, making research easier, if necessary, in the course booklet provided to each attendee. The goal is to make sure you learned the material and know how to use the booklet later to refer to when needed. You are not going to have any problems passing this test!

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Go over examination, scores and any ambiguous questions/answers

  • 9:45 a.m.

    Course #4 Confidential Informant (CI) Report Writing and Evaluation begins

  • 9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Writing the best CI debriefing report possible: Include all pertinent information pertaining to your investigation,  limiting information potentially revealing the identity of your CI, and cataloguing additional assessment data relevant  to your CI. The information in the report should be presented in an explicit and detailed recitation of the CI’s  articulation of events. Your report should tell a story, but it does not need to be a Cecil B. DeMille production

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Evaluating CI performance for continued operation or potential closure: Officers will collaborate in group discussion  and develop three methods or scenarios formulated from officer experiences encountered handling CI’s. Potential  results will be reviewed toward continued operation or potential closure. The results of a CI evaluation in your  confidential informant file could assist you with future handling issues, or more importantly, protect you or your CI  during unforeseen operational obstacles

  • 2:15 p.m.

    Fill out course/instructor evaluations

  • 2:30 p.m.

    Handout class roster/contact information and answer any questions. Display on dry erase board letting students know there will be a 1-day Investigative Case Management: Investigative Planning, Report Writing, Evidence Collection, Indictments and Complaints, Trial Preparation and Testimony Course on the website in late-spring of 2022

  • 2:45 p.m.

    Handout Certificates of Completion

  • 3:00 p.m.

    Course ends!

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