Investigator Training

The Colorado Public Defender’s investigators are dedicated to perfecting their craft and the art of investigation work.  Investigators working within the system design and implement year round training programs geared specifically for investigators.

Pooling from a wide range of knowledge and expertise, this training curriculum includes day sessions covering topics such as firearms training or ballistics, as well as an intensive Fundamentals training course specifically driven to solidify an investigator’s knowledge of interviewing, witness location, and other criminal investigation requirements.  Fellow investigators, attorneys and specialists are invited to participate in these sessions, which are held several times a year at various locations throughout the State of Colorado.

This training curriculum closely follows the guiding principles of the Continuing Legal Education program for attorneys.  A total of three credits are awarded to each investigator who attends a full day of training.  Newly hired investigators are required to attend a special Fundamentals training within their first year of employment.   Investigators are required to attend a minimum of two trainings including the annual conference hosted by the Public Defender.   Trainings are provided each Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall.

Investigators are also encouraged to participate in training  programs offered outside of the Public Defender system in order to remain current on the wide range of techniques, practices and technology affecting criminal defense investigation.  Knowledge learned from these outside training programs is then disseminated to all investigators within the Public Defender system.