Law Enforcement

Basic Traffic Collision Investigation

Nov 15 2021 - Nov 19 2021


This course will provide in-depth instruction into the multiple disciplines of traffic collision investigation. Topics covered include: scene management techniques and introduction to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, highway engineering definitions, Nine-Cell Matrix, incident scene photography, primary collision factors, identification and documentation of physical evidence, measuring and diagramming methodology, use of the Northwestern University traffic template functions and nomographs, and an in-depth discussion on proper traffic collision documentation and Highway Patrol Manual 110.5, Collision Investigation Manual (CIM).  This course will satisfy the prerequisites for the Intermediate Collision Investigation course, as well as the requirements of Vehicle Code Section 40600.

Designed For

This course is designed for sworn public safety personnel with traffic collision investigative responsibilities.


40 Hrs.


1.0 Semester Unit(s)

Prerequisites/Requirements: Basic Police Academy Certificate or equivalent, DOJ clearance, proof of medical and vehicle insurance, and valid CDL.



Certificate awarded upon completion.


College of Record

Gavilan College

College Term



San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
1601 Coyote Point Road
San Mateo, CA 94401

For more information contact:
Sarah Hathaway
650-573-2545 or

SBRPSTC Coordinator:
Matthew Ortega
408-229-4227 or

Meeting days/times