CLANDESTINE LABORATORY TOPICS


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Clandestine Laboratory Evidence Collection
This course is designed to provide applications of clandestine laboratory evidence collection for those personnel who have completed the certification requirements set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as outlined in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) and EPA 40 CFR 311.

Mandatory Prerequisite: All students must be Clandestine Laboratory Certified (as outlined in OSHA 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response)

Objectives

  • Discuss issues of operational planning for evidence collection within a clandestine laboratory site.
  • Describe the evidence collection process to include: scene processing, proper collection of chemical evidence, sampling techniques, identification of potential criminal charges, issues of contamination to evidence and submission of evidence to lab(s).
  • Discuss common defense strategies for clan lab cases.

Clandestine Laboratory Overview
This course will provide law enforcement officers with the knowledge to recognize and survive a clandestine lab encounter and new trends in manufacturing methamphetamine.

Objectives

  • Define clandestine laboratories.
  • Identify the drugs that are manufactured in clandestine laboratories.
  • Describe the hazards, prevalent methods and trends in methamphetamine production.
  • Identify first responder actions.


Trends in the Meth Trade
This course will explain the trends of methamphetamine labs around the country, to include discussions of the effects, reported seizures, sources of product and precursors, production methods and chemicals, investigative techniques and legislation.

Objectives

  • Describe the effects of methamphetamine on the user.
  • Be aware of the trends in reported seizures across the nation.
  • Describe the trends and sources of imported methamphetamine.
  • Describe the sources of precursor chemicals for local manufacture of methamphetamine.
  • Describe new production methods and chemicals used.
  • Identify new investigative techniques.
  • Understand new legislation strategies to deter meth labs.
  • Discuss and network with other students about trends in their area.


Rolling Clan Labs and Precursor Identification
This topic will provide an overview for law enforcement officers and other first responders of how to recognize, evaluate, react to, and survive an encounter with a rolling clandestine lab.

Clandestine drug labs producing methamphetamine and other drugs are on the increase in the U.S. and worldwide. New, mobile production techniques and the ability to easily acquire and transport essential precursors, chemicals and equipment is giving rise to the current methamphetamine epidemic. As law enforcement becomes more aware of the activities associated with methamphetamine production, the criminals involved continuously change their actions to avoid detection. This has led to the proliferation of rolling clandestine drug labs.

Objectives

  • Recognize a rolling clan lab.
  • Recognize precursors, chemicals and common equipment used in rolling clan labs.
  • Recognize the prevalent methods and hazards in methamphetamine production.
  • Be aware of first responder options for stabilizing rolling clan lab incidents.
  • Be aware of agency responsibilities as they relate to state and federal regulations.


DRUG INTERDICTION TOPICS


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Airport Interdiction
This program will assist the law enforcement officer in identifying and intercepting drug couriers who utilize airlines for the purpose of drug trafficking.

Objectives

  • Understand the laws, guidelines and restrictions associated with airport drug interdiction.
  • Understand role of Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
  • Describe investigative methods used in airport drug interdiction.
  • Identify indicators displayed by drug couriers.
  • Identify when consensual encounter techniques are to be implemented in an airport environment.
  • Identify when and how to use K-9 in an airport environment.


Advanced Vehicle Contraband Concealment
This course will present an overall perspective of contraband concealment and ethics required when conducting vehicle searches. Specifically, the student will become familiar with current methods being utilized by contraband smuggling organizations to avoid detection from traditional searching techniques.

Objectives

  • Discuss post 9/11 smuggling method changes for concealing contraband by smuggling organizations.
  • Identify methods smugglers are currently using to defeat K-9 searches.
  • Identify methods smuggling organizations are using to defeat high-tech x-ray and density detection equipment.
  • Become familiar with pre-search objectives, and officer safety to complete the search task.
  • Learn officer pitfalls associated with vehicle searches.


Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations
This course will present the most up to date intelligence on Mexican Cartels operating in the United States. It will include the identification of cartel domination of trafficking routes and distribution points, organizational structure, identification of methods of operation, cartel training facilities, enforcers, and the Mexican governmentís strategy to deconstruct these organizations.

Objectives

  • Understand historical perspective on drug trafficking in Mexico
  • Identify leadership of each Mexican Trafficking Organization
  • Identify Trafficking Routes
  • Identify battles between cartels in Mexico and the United States


Pitfalls of Highway Interdiction
This class covers the common pitfalls of highway interdiction and suggests best practices to make every stop effective and safe, including do's and don'ts of preparing for a trial.

Objectives

  • Learn proper vehicle approaches to maximize officer safety during high risk traffic stops
  • Understand the important distinction between criminal profiling and racial profiling
  • Learn the true importance of traffic stop data logs
  • Learn tips for effectively working with multi-jurisdictional and Federal agencies
  • Learn how to work effectively with prosecutors and judges
  • Learn best practices for searching a vehicle so that evidence will be admissible in court
  • Develop an understanding of corruption issues and how they can damage your case and your career


Commercial Bus Interdiction
This topic will outline the implementation of consensual encounter techniques aboard commercial buses. The instruction includes legal foundation and case law issues, safety issues, ticketing review and understanding, and the visualization of commercial buses. The course will also explore commercial bus management issues and potential sources of information in this area.

Objectives

  • Identify case law and legal foundation relating to commercial bus drug interdiction.
  • Describe the commercial bus industry and customer base.
  • Recognize the importance of cooperation with commercial bus management and staff.
  • Identify areas of concern on commercial buses.
  • Recognize the pertinent bus ticket information and coding.
  • Identify when to use consensual encounter techniques aboard commercial buses.
  • Identify when and how to use K-9 aboard commercial buses.
  • Identify strategies for initiating consensual encounters in commercial bus terminals.


Commercial Vehicle Interdiction
This course will provide instruction to law enforcement officers in techniques of roadside interviews and hidden compartment detection to be used in traffic stops of suspected drug couriers and users operating commercial vehicles. It is the goal of this course to provide these techniques to lead to the safe discovery of illegal contraband, and, ultimately, a successful prosecution.

Objectives

  • Discuss the legal aspects of roadside traffic stops as they pertain to commercial vehicles.
  • Utilize documented traffic stop information in such a way that it can be used in court to justify related investigations.
  • Identify indicators of suspicious behavior, deceptive statements, and suspicious nonverbal indicators.
  • Identify signs of drug concealment in various locations of both the tractor and trailer of commercial vehicles.
  • Identify signs of drug concealment in rental trucks.


Criminal Interdiction: Putting It To Work
The purpose of this topic is to increase law enforcement officer awareness of the benefits of criminal interdiction, the traits of criminal interdiction officers and strategies to conduct safe, proper and productive missions.

Objectives

  • Identify the importance of criminal interdiction.
  • Identify the traits of criminal interdiction officers.
  • Identify strategies to conduct safe, proper and productive criminal interdiction.


Drug Parcel Interdiction
This topic will outline the characteristics and indicators common to parcels containing illegal contraband. The course outlines methods to assist the narcotic officer in developing partnerships with the mail parcel companies to identify violators who use private carriers and/or the U.S. Mail to facilitate narcotic and currency trafficking. The instruction includes legal foundation and case law issues, management and staff concerns, investigative techniques and safety issues to be concerned with when working parcel interdiction. The course will also detail methods for conducting controlled deliveries of parcels.

Objectives

  • Understand the mission of a Parcel Narcotics Interdiction Program.
  • Understand how to initiate a Parcel Narcotics Interdiction Program.
  • Identify case law and legal foundation relating to working drug parcel interdiction.
  • Understand the importance of cooperation with parcel company management and staff.
  • Identify indicators and characteristics of persons using parcels to traffic in drugs and currency.
  • Identify strategies to initiate police/citizen encounters.
  • Identify when and how to use narcotic detection canines in the parcel interdiction program.
  • Describe officer safety methods for conducting controlled deliveries.


Hotel/Motel Interdiction
This topic will outline the implementation of consensual encounter and Knock & Talk techniques in a hotel/motel setting. The course outlines methods to assist narcotics or uniformed officers in developing partnerships with the hotel/motel industry and to identify violators who use hotels/motels to facilitate narcotic trafficking and other criminal activity. The instruction includes legal foundation and case law issues, management and staff concerns, investigative techniques and safety issues in the hotel/motel setting. The course will also explore the use of Hotel/Motel personnel as sources of information.

Objectives

  • Identify scope of narcotic trafficking and other criminal activity in the hotel/motel setting.
  • Identify case law and legal foundation relating to working hotel/motel settings.
  • Understand the hotel/motel industry and its goals.
  • Understand the importance of cooperation and liaison with hotel/motel management and staff.
  • Understand how Hotel/Motel records (i.e., registration cards, telephone toll information) can be tools in identifying persons involved in narcotic trafficking or criminal activity.
  • Identify conduct and behavior of suspicious hotel/motel guests.
  • Identify when consensual encounter techniques are to be implemented in the hotel/motel setting.
  • Identify when and how to use K-9 in and around hotels/motels.

Religion and The Drug Trafficker

This course will provide law enforcement officers with the crucial knowledge and understanding of the nexus between religion and drug trafficking in order to maintain proper situational awareness and develop probable cause when dealing with drug traffickers.

Objectives

  • To become familiar with relationship between drug trafficking and religion.
  • To recognize religious paraphernalia related to drug trafficking in order to develop probable cause.
  • To understand the legal aspects regarding religion and drug trafficking, so as to properly articulate the facts when testifying in court.
  • To understand the officer safety issues related to religion and drug trafficking.

Rental Vehicle Interdiction
This topic will present drug interdiction for the rental vehicle industry. The course outlines methods to assist the narcotic officer or uniformed officer in developing partnerships with the rental vehicle industry to identify violators who use rental cars to facilitate narcotic trafficking and other criminal activity. The instruction includes legal foundation and case law issues, management and staff concerns, investigative techniques and safety issues in the rental car industry setting. The course will also explore the use of rental car personnel as sources of information.

Objectives

  • Describe the rental car industry, its goals and customer base.
  • Identify case law and legal foundation relating to rental vehicle drug interdiction.
  • Understand the importance of cooperation and liaison with rental vehicle management and staff.
  • Understand how rental vehicle contracts can be tools in identifying persons involved in narcotic trafficking or criminal activity.
  • Identify conduct and behavior of suspicious rental vehicle customers.
  • Identify when consensual encounter techniques are to be implemented in the rental vehicle setting.
  • Identify when and how to use K-9 in and around rental vehicles.


Stash House Interdiction
Drug stash houses and their occupants will exhibit certain traits indicative of a stash house. This topic will provide training to law enforcement who in turn may train many different community sources in recognizing indicators of a drug stash house. This training topic also includes the presentation and discussion of unique investigative techniques once a stash house investigation is initiated.

Objectives

  • Identify traits indicative of a drug stash house.
  • Identify community sources available for recognition and reporting of possible drug stash houses.
  • Identify drug stash house investigative techniques.
  • Describe the media issues involved in drug stash house interdiction.


Storage Unit Interdiction
This topic will outline investigations in the Storage Unit setting. The course outlines methods to assist the narcotics or uniformed officer in developing partnerships with the storage unit industry, to identify violators who use storage units to facilitate narcotic trafficking, asset concealment, meth lab operations and other criminal activity. The instruction includes legal foundation and case law issues, management and staff concerns, investigative techniques and safety issues in the storage unit setting. The course will also explore the use of storage unit personnel as sources of information.

Objectives

  • Understand the mission of Storage Unit Interdiction.
  • Understand the storage unit industry and its goals.
  • Identify case law and legal foundation relating to working storage units.
  • Understand the importance of cooperation and liaison with storage unit management and staff.
  • Understand how Storage Unit records (i.e., contracts) can be tools in identifying persons involved in narcotic trafficking or criminal activity.
  • Identify conduct and behavior of suspicious storage unit customers.
  • Identify when consensual encounter techniques are to be implemented in the storage unit setting.
  • Identify when and how to use K-9 in and around storage unit areas.


Street-Level Interdiction
This session will address techniques to watch and establish probable cause to search or arrest a drug dealer.

Objectives

  • Identify the common drugs sold by drug dealers.
  • Identify the actions to look for to establish a pattern of drug dealing on the streets.
  • Describe the set-up and methods of a single drug dealer.
  • Describe the set-up and methods of a multi-drug dealer organization.
  • Describe methods for surveillance of a street-level drug dealer.
  • Describe various methods of arrest for street-level drug dealers.


Passenger Train Interdiction
This topic will outline the implementation of consensual encounter techniques aboard commercial passenger trains. The instruction includes legal foundation and case law issues, safety issues, Passenger Name Record (PNR) review and analysis, ticketing review and understanding, and the visualization of the different types of passenger train cars. The course will also explore passenger train management issues and potential sources of information.

Objectives

  • Describe the passenger train industry and customer base.
  • Understand the importance of cooperation and liaison with passenger train law enforcement.
  • Understand the importance of cooperation with passenger train management and staff.
  • Recognize the pertinent passenger train ticket information and coding.
  • Recognize the pertinent information on the Passenger Name Record (PNR).
  • Identify when consensual encounter techniques are to be implemented aboard passenger trains.
  • Identify when and how to use K-9 aboard passenger trains.
  • Identify case law and legal foundation relating to passenger train drug interdiction.


Truck Stop Interdiction
An outline for the effective implementation of tried and proven investigative techniques and ideas for instituting a truck stop interdiction program will be presented in this course. Investigative methods utilized to assist narcotics or uniformed officers in developing partnerships with the truck stop industry will be discussed. An understanding of the value of this type of partnership will assist law enforcement agencies in identifying drug trafficking organization (DTOís) who utilize tractor trailers, rental trucks, and passenger vehicles to facilitate narcotic trafficking and other criminal activity. The course includes modules on legal foundations and case law issues, management/staff concerns, investigative techniques, and safety issues of concern at truck stops. The value of utilizing staff and personnel at truck stops as the eyes and ears of law enforcement will also be discussed.

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Vehicle Interdiction: The Complete Vehicle Stop
The purpose of this topic is to increase law enforcement officer awareness of possible criminal activity during routine vehicle stops and to train the officers in the proper techniques for a safe, proper and productive vehicle interdiction stop.

Objectives

  • Identify the importance of traffic enforcement and its relationship to criminal activity.
  • Identify the indicators of motor vehicle drug couriers.
  • State the do's and don'ts of profiling.
  • Conduct a productive traffic stop while maintaining officer safety.


GANG TOPICS


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Asian Gangs Overview
This course will overview the varying Southeast Asian criminal enterprises impacting American society. This information will help the officer identify and investigate criminals within the Southeast Asian community. This course is designed for the uniformed patrol officer or investigator who anticipates working with Southeast Asians. This course will acquaint the officer with the history and organization of this cultural influence and their criminal activities to include: Drug Trafficking, Burglary, Auto Theft, Larceny, Robbery, Fraud, Gambling, and Extortion.

Objectives

  • To recognize the Southeast Asian presence.
  • To recognize Southeast Asian crime characteristics.
  • To gain awareness of the unique investigative skills applicable to Southeast Asian culture.


Criminal Street Gangs Introduction
This course will provide an introduction to the origins, criminality and drug activity of the most commonly encountered criminal street gangs throughout the country. This understanding will then facilitate the identification of criminal street gang members.

Objectives

  • Identify and classify criminal street gang members and associates.
  • Describe the history of criminal street gangs.
  • Describe safety issues in dealing with criminal street gangs.


Criminal Street Gangs MS 13
This course will develop an understanding of the origins, alliances, rivalries, and methods of criminal operations (including drug activity) of the Mara Salvatrucha-13 (MS-13) street gang. This understanding will then facilitate the identification and investigation of these gang members.

Objectives

  • Identify MS-13 criminal street gang members.
  • Describe the history of the MS-13 gang and its alliances and rivalries.
  • Discuss methods of operation commonly used by the MS-13 gang.


Drugs and Outlaw Bikers
This topic will develop an understanding of the origins and methods of operation of the most commonly encountered outlaw motorcycle gangs throughout the country. This understanding will then facilitate the identification, investigation, and prosecution of criminal outlaw motorcycle gang members. This course is designed for the uniformed patrol officer or investigator who anticipates working with the outlaw motorcycle gangs. The course will acquaint the officer with the history and organization of gangs, legal definitions, gang identifiers (including patches, colors or cuts, symbols, tattoos, jewelry, monikers, etc.), criminal activities, documentation, and officer safety.

Objectives

  • This topic will develop an understanding of the origins and methods of operation of the most commonly encountered outlaw motorcycle gangs throughout the country. This understanding will then facilitate the identification, investigation and prosecution of criminal outlaw motorcycle gang members. This course is designed for the uniformed patrol officer or investigator who anticipates working with outlaw motorcycle gangs. The course will acquaint the officer with the history and organization of gangs, legal definitions, gang identifiers (including patches, colors or cuts, symbols, tattoos, jewelry, monikers, etc.), criminal activities, documentation, and officer safety.
  • Identify the history of gang alliances and rivalries, and the criminal activity used by gangs to fund gang operations, including their "legal defense fund" and their "war-chests" to be used for civil litigation against law enforcement.
  • Identify investigative techniques that will lead to the successful documentation and prosecution of criminal outlaw motorcycle gangs as well as individual members and associates.
  • Identify officer safety practices critical for officer's survival during outlaw motorcycle gang encounters.
  • Identify techniques for managing "runs," anniversaries, funerals and other outlaw motorcycle gang events which may entail thousands of bikers.


Gang Prosecution Techniques Overview
The course presents an overview of investigative techniques and concepts that have been used to successfully dismantle criminal organizations previously considered unstoppable by traditional law enforcement techniques. Emphasis is placed upon charging all criminal activities committed by members of the organization in one Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) indictment. In conjunction with this, Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) and Hobbs Act elements are discussed as a means to a RICO indictment.

Objectives

  • Utilize successful investigative techniques for criminal enterprise investigations.
  • State the requirements for completing a RICO, CCE, Conspiracy, or Money Laundering investigation.
  • Understand the basic structure of RICO, CCE, Conspiracy, Money Laundering and Hobbs Act laws.


Gangs: Secret Codes, Signs, Symbols
This course is designed to provide law officers with knowledge of the covert methods of communication used by gang members in correctional facilities and in other situations where covert communications are required. The emphasis is on deciphering and code-cracking of confiscated documents. Participants will learn how to look for patterns that help to decode documents and develop an appreciation for the ingenuity of criminals to hide their messages. Symbols, colors, hand signs, and tattoos will also be discussed.

Objectives

  • Become aware of common methods that gangs use codes to communicate with.
  • Learn specific gang identifiers.
  • Become familiar with real-life examples of deciphered gang documents.
  • Develop an awareness of common methods of clandestine communication.


Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Incidents
This topic is designed to enhance the Law Enforcement Officer’s training and expertise in recognizing the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangster. This topic is a chronological presentation of major criminal activities by Outlaw Motorcycle Gangsters in the United States from February, 2001 to the present.  Includes narcotic violations, assaults, extortions, bombings, arsons, murders and more.

Objectives

  • Increase the Law Enforcement Officer’s awareness of the criminal activities engaged in by the Motorcycle Gangster.
  • Assist the Law Enforcement Officer in developing the probable cause necessary to search or arrest the Motorcycle Gangster.


Street Gangs: Overview of The Prison Connection
The influence of criminal street gang members on our prison system and back into our communities is introduced in this course to include methods which can be used to identify, monitor and manage these gang members as a security threat group. This class is recommended for both Law Enforcement and Department of Corrections personnel.

Objectives

  • Define the term Security Threat Group(s) and the relationship to criminal street gangs.
  • Develop an understanding of the common identifiers, symbols, tattoos, graffiti, behavior, and physical evidence of gangs both in prison and on the streets.
  • Develop an understanding of the threat and propensity towards violence that these groups and their members pose to correctional staff, inmates/offenders, law enforcement and members of the community.


INTERVIEW TOPICS


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Eye Accessing
There is a serious lack of knowledge about how eyes communicate the truth and what eye movement means. This course will look at a particular set of accessing cues and how police officers can use these cues to determine what people are thinking.

Objectives

  • Recognize how we communicate through eye movement.
  • Understand what Eye Accessing is.
  • Enhance skills in reading eyes to help identify people who are recalling and constructing.

Interviews & Body Language
This topic will address successful techniques for assessing suspects through knowledge of interview techniques, body language and eye patterns. Interview steps, building rapport, questioning techniques, and observation/listening skills will be included in this presentation.

Objectives

  • Identify interview techniques to maximize officer safety.
  • Identify elements of nonverbal communication that may indicate deception or impending violence during the interview.


Roadside Interview Techniques
Interviewing skills necessary to assess unknown criminal activity upon the onset of a traffic stop will be presented in this course. Effective communication skills to assist the LEO in establishing a positive rapport will also be presented. Topics include non-verbal body language, key words and phrases that can be used to detect deception, and things to be observed during the stop.

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UNDERCOVER TOPICS


Risk Management in Undercover Operations

Law enforcement professionals inherently take risks. This course is designed to study the risks in all types of operations and develop a strategy to accomplish the mission but minimize danger. The most successful operations are guided by experienced agents who have learned from previous mistakes. Within each operation, there are many functions that must coordinate with each other to assure a successful operation. Things may go wrong during an operation, but how wrong depends on a number of factors, including planning, preparation and execution. During this course, students are provided with the tools to plan, prepare and execute operations while minimizing risk to the undercover officer, the investigative team, and the support personnel who may need to react.

Objectives

  • Identify the common risks that are inherent to undercover officers.
  • Discuss the need for planning to reduce agent risk.
  • Identify the risks within each operational phase and function.
  • Identify the risks associated with informants, buy-bust operations, street purchases and surveillance operations.
  • Identify the risk potential of different deal locations.
  • Identify the risks that are associated with stress and undercover operations.


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Undercover Operations Overview
This program provides multijurisdictional standards and techniques used by investigators in undercover counterdrug operations.

Objectives

  • Understand the need for and purpose of undercover operations.
  • Gain an understanding of the needs and methods of selecting undercover officers/agents.
  • Heightened awareness as to the need for good planning and training.


Undercover Operations And Tactical Responses
This course is geared to planning, conducting and surviving undercover operations.

Objectives

  • Identify points to address when planning undercover operations.
  • Define the roles of the supervisor, case agent and undercover officer in each stage of the operation.
  • Discuss successful operational strategies.
  • Describe the importance of officer safety and strategies to maintain safety for the entire operational team.


Undercover Operations And Tactical Responses for Supervisors
This course is geared to planning, conducting and surviving undercover operations from a supervisory perspective.

Objectives

  • Identify points to address when planning undercover operations.
  • Define the roles of the supervisor, case agent and undercover officer in each stage of the operation.
  • Discuss successful operational strategies.
  • Describe the importance of officer safety and strategies to maintain safety for the entire operational team.


Undercover Techniques for Male/Female Teams
This presentation is an honest, realistic, and sometimes humorous look at the realities of male and female undercover teams.

Objectives

  • Develop a better understanding of the relationship between males and females working as a team.
  • Identify the importance of females in drug units and how they enhance the chances of success in undercover operations.
  • Describe the thought processes of males and females and recognize that male/female teams can be the most successful in narcotics work.


Undercover Violence

This course will discuss what's behind the increase in violence during undercover operations, scenarios surrounding actual undercover shootings, as well as the seven critical factors identified by the DEA during a case-by-case review of undercover shootings.

Objectives

  • Define undercover violence
  • Identify seven contributing critical factors

Female Undercover Operations
This course will explain the use of undercover techniques in the detection, prevention, and prosecution of offenses involving controlled substances, as well as other priority areas of investigation.  This topic explores women involved in undercover drug operations including qualities needed for success; challenges; prejudices; special considerations; and risk management.

Objectives

  • Define the purpose and types of undercover operations
  • Identify the qualities necessary for success in undercover operations
  • Describe the challenges for women in drug related undercover operations


Pitfalls in Undercover Work
The course will look at some pitfalls that police officers deal with in narcotics work.

Objectives

  • Describe some of the reasons for corruption in narcotics law enforcement.
  • Identify the different types of corruption.
  • Identify the warning signs and responsibilities of partners and supervisors.


Reality of Undercover

This class discusses the physical, emotional, social, and legal issues surrounding undercover work.

Objectives

  • Define Undercover, it’s goals and objectives
  • Understand the different types of Undercover
  • Understand the key qualities of successful UC agents
  • Understand the hazards and pitfalls associated with Undercover work
  • Understand the critical points that need to be worked out before and during an undercover operation


OTHER TOPCIS


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Asset Forfeiture Overview
This course will provide an overview of the civil and criminal provisions of the forfeiture laws and the appropriate use of forfeitures as a law enforcement tool. It is designed for the investigator and prosecutor who specialize in narcotics investigations.

Objectives

  • Learn terminology and a basic overview of asset forfeiture
  • Determine what is needed to take a forfeiture action
  • Gain a understanding of the use of civil & criminal provisions of the forfeiture laws
  • Determine if asset forfeiture is appropriate in an investigation


Canine Interdiction
The course will introduce several new areas of deployment in canine drug investigations and is designed to enhance the detection skills of the canine team. The program provides information ranging from the selection of handlers and canines to the acquisition and storage of drugs. Also included is a segment concerning legal issues related to canine teams.

Objectives

  • State the desired traits and testing methods used to evaluate handlers and/or canine candidates.
  • Apply the principles of conditioning in training drug detection canines.
  • State the procedures for the acquisition, registration, and storage of training drugs.
  • Understand the concept of "goal-oriented training."
  • Understand the importance and responsibility of maintaining accurate and complete training and use records to establish reliability.


Career Survival Strategies Overview
This training will provide an overview of the challenging situations faced by drug law enforcement officers which can either cause destruction of personal worth and value to both family and agency, or can establish true worth, enabling officers to efficiently combat the war on drugs. Emphasis will be placed on decision-making skills, the consequences of ethical and unethical behavior, and the roles of moral development and personal character in the professional life of drug law enforcement officers.

Objectives

  • Define basic terms related to the study of ethics.
  • Recognize the stages of career development.
  • Identify common ethical dilemmas and pitfalls for drug law enforcement officers.
  • Understand the role of personal moral development, integrity, and character.
  • Recognize the consequences of both ethical and unethical behavior.
  • Discuss differences between institutional policies and individual ethics.
  • Discuss the nature and forms of corruption.


Consensual Encounter Techniques
This training includes lecture and scenario-based training that will outline the use of consensual encounter techniques. The instruction includes legal foundation and case law issues, safety issues, and the use of plain-clothes and uniform officers. In addition, the program will discuss familiarization of the Fourth Amendment as it relates to search and seizure, determining reasonable suspicion and probable cause based solely upon behavior, recognizing suspicious or criminal behavior, planning a consensual encounter, approaching and talking to a target, specifics of consensual encounters and consent searches as well as the denial by a target, legal documentation, preparation for courtroom testimony and the courtís review of the encounter. Role-playing scenarios are included to allow students to participate in the techniques featured and provide the student with feedback concerning their technique and investigative skills.

Objectives

  • Define consensual encounter.
  • Prepare for and conduct a consensual encounter safely and legally.
  • Determine reasonable suspicion and/or probable cause.
  • Prepare for the courtís review of the encounter.
  • Present legal documentation and properly testify in court when a consensual encounter is involved.


Courtroom Testimony Overview
The vast majority of criminal court cases involve narcotics arrests. Since these criminal cases are often used to set new case law, having police officers learn how to testify better in court will help result in the formulation of good case law. This course will train drug officers to articulate facts in a courtroom or deposition setting in a professional and accurate manner.

Objectives

  • Recognize the special concerns of motions, suppression hearings, and deposition testimony.
  • Understand the types of examination in court: direct, cross and re-direct examination.
  • Utilize courtroom tactics to ensure an accurate and professional testimony.


Criminal Apprehension Tactics
This advanced four hour course uses video and up-to-date case law to teach the modern officer to detect criminals operating motor vehicles.

Objectives

  • Criminal Behavior - 'After Stop'
  • Anatomy of Contact/Cover
  • Identifying Deceptive Behavioral Characteristics
  • Constitutionally Sound Searches
  • Anatomy of Vehicle Search
  • Salvaging a Turn-Down


Current Drug Crisis: Opiates and Bath Salts
This course is for law enforcement officers to gain an awareness of the opiate drug problem in our communities. It will cover the history, types of opiates, effects, methods of use, diverted opiates as alternatives, and the newest trend, bath salts. In addition, it will cover officer safety issues and investigative techniques.

Objectives

  • Identify the most common opiates and methods of ingestion.
  • Realize the physiological effects of opiate use on the human body.
  • Identify the most commonly diverted synthetic opiates.
  • Recognize the drug that is being referred to as bath salts.
  • State the origins, evolution, availability, and current pricing of bath salts.
  • State the methods of ingestion, slang terms, and the psychological and physiological effects of bath salts.
  • Identify the signs of a person under the influence of bath salts.
  • Describe the prevalence of criminal activities as a means to facilitate the use and abuse of opiates.
  • Identify the safety concerns for law enforcement.
  • Discuss investigative techniques relating to opiate and drug related investigations.


Current Drug Trends Overview
The goal of this course is to present an overview of the identification of current controlled and non-controlled substances and the associated paraphernalia sworn law enforcement officers will likely encounter in their duties. Topics include: appearance, applicable presumptive tests, physiological and psychological effects, methods of ingestion, possible medicinal and/or cultural uses, slang terminology, weights and diluents, cultivation and production, and clandestine laboratories.

Objectives

  • Recognize various controlled and non-controlled substances and any associated paraphernalia.
  • State the possible presumptive tests than can be utilized for various controlled substances.
  • State the possible medicinal uses of various controlled and non-controlled substances, if any.
  • State the method of ingestion, slang terms, and the physiological and psychological effects of various controlled and non-controlled substances.
  • Identify the signs and signals of a possible clandestine laboratory operation.


Drug Enforcement Techniques for the Patrol Officer (conference only)
This session will discuss current techniques for covert and overt narcotic investigations applicable to the patrol officer.

Objectives

  • Identify overall goals in drug investigations.
  • Identify targets for enforcement or investigation.
  • Determine investigative techniques to be used for each target.
  • Identify potential sources of information for drug investigation.
  • Identify/discuss tactics that can be used to deter narcotic trafficking.


Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault Overview
Sexual assault cases where ingestion of drugs renders the person intoxicated, with memory loss or potentially unconscious, whether willfully or unknowingly taken, are difficult at best. This topic will provide an awareness of the issues related to drug facilitated sexual assault.

Objectives

  • Gain an awareness of the magnitude and issues surrounding drug facilitated sexual assault.
  • Gain an awareness of the drugs and strategies used by offenders of drug facilitated sexual assault.
  • Describe the characteristics and effects of the drugs commonly used.


Drug Sting Operations
This course will facilitate the investigation of drug dealers with the use of drug sting operations. The course will focus on detailed planning, role of the undercover officers, role of informants, entrapment issues and the legality of drug stings. Additional topics will include procedures for obtaining drugs, surveillance, amounts to be sold and selecting the location for the sting to take place.

Objectives

  • Define drug sting.
  • Identify the roles of the undercover officer and informant in a drug sting operation.
  • Describe the legality of drug stings to include entrapment issues.
  • Describe operational planning issues that are unique to drug sting operations.


Drugs, Violence and Music
The increase of media violence in our society must be recognized, located and identified. The way to deal with any problem is first, acknowledge that a problem exists; and second, gain an understanding of the problem in order to find a solution. The goal of this presentation is to impart information to officers concerning media violence.

Objectives

  • Understand and identify the portrayal of violence in mass media.
  • Understand the connection between narcotic trafficking by street gang members and rap artists.
  • Understand how gang members and rap artists promote drug usage through rap music.
  • Be able to identify the forms of mass media relaying various forms of violent information.
  • Define the evolution of rap music.
  • Know and understand the levels of gangster rap music.
  • Know and understand the lyrical content of the most popular songs.
  • Understand how rap music is currently being used as a political platform for rap artists with known gang affiliation.
  • Understand the rivalries between East Coast and West Coast rappers.
  • Understand the exploitation of rap artists by the music industry.
  • Use mass media as an investigative tool to identify gang members.


Evolution of Drug Abuse
The purpose of this class is to present the factors relating to drug abuse in American society from the 1800s to the present day. This class will cover the first discoveries and intended uses of common drugs, the social impact of drug use/abuse, politics, legislation, and enforcement issues.

Objectives

  • Understand the evolution and social impact of drug use.
  • Recognize the motivating factors relating to the enforcement of drug laws.
  • Understand the drug-related issues shaping politics and legislation.


Elements of Conspiracy
Conspiracies involving the activities of complex drug organizations are inherently difficult to investigate and successfully prosecute. The goal of this course is to familiarize the investigator with the basics related to conspiracy investigations.

Objectives

  • Understand the basic legal elements related to conspiracy investigations.
  • Discuss various investigative strategies and techniques required to investigate complex criminal organizations.
  • Gain basic knowledge of how to administratively manage a complex investigation so that a smooth and successful prosecution can be achieved.


Financial Investigations Overview
This course will present an overview of the principles and techniques for conducting financial investigations. It is designed for law enforcement officers and prosecutors who specialize in narcotics investigations.

Objectives

  • Recognize the elements of financial crimes.
  • Identify if a financial investigation would aid criminal prosecution.
  • Identify if money laundering and currency violations add additional targets.
  • Determine if asset forfeiture provisions are appropriate.


Funding Terrorism through Narcotics
This topic is designed to provide law enforcement officers with the knowledge and skills to recognize and disrupt the funding of terrorism through the trafficking of narcotics in the United States and internationally.

Objectives

  • To identify methods of disrupting the planning, preparation, and execution of Islamist terrorist activities.
  • To acquire the knowledge and skills for the pro-active prevention and defeat of the suicide terrorist threat.
  • To identify sleeper cells funding terrorism through narcotics and other crimes.
  • To survive a suicide bombing.
  • To understand engagement criteria and the use of deadly force.


Heroin: America's New Youth Menace
This course is for the non-law enforcement community to gain an awareness of the heroin drug problem. It will cover the history, types of heroin and its effects, methods of use, diverted opiates as alternatives, and treatment options for addicts. In addition, it will cover why people use drugs, signs and symptoms of drug abuse, and strategies and safety concerns for dealing with abusers.

Objectives

  • Be aware of the origins and history of heroin use.
  • Identify the 5 types of heroin available in the United States.
  • Identify the most common methods of heroin ingestion.
  • Realize the physiological effects of heroin use on the human body.
  • Be aware of the pricing and common packaging of heroin.
  • Understand that heroin abuse is opiate abuse.
  • Identify the most commonly diverted synthetic opiates.
  • Identify the various types of treatment available.
  • Understand why people use drugs and the signs and symptoms of drug abuse.
  • Identify strategies and safety concerns for dealing with abusers.


Heroin Awareness for the LE Officer
This course is for law enforcement officers to gain an awareness of the heroin drug problem in our communities. It will cover the history, types of heroin and its effects, methods of use, diverted opiates as alternatives, and treatment options for addicts. In addition, it will cover officer safety issues and investigative techniques.

Objectives

  • Be aware of the origins and history of heroin use.
  • Identify the 5 types of heroin available in the United States.
  • Identify the most common methods of heroin ingestion.
  • Realize the physiological effects of heroin use on the human body.
  • Be aware of the pricing and common packaging of heroin.
  • Understand that heroin abuse is opiate abuse.
  • Identify the most commonly diverted synthetic opiates.
  • Identify the various types of treatment available.
  • Identify the safety concerns for law enforcement.
  • Discuss investigative techniques relating to heroin and other opiate related investigations.


Identifying Characteristics of the Armed Gunman (4 hour)
This block of instruction is designed for the street level patrol officer and is intended to educate, inform and better prepare them for dangerous encounters with armed individuals. This course will teach officers how to successfully and safely interdict and recover illegal weapons, identify characteristics commonly displayed by armed individuals and identify legal issues pertaining to firearm interdiction. Last and most important, this course will allow each officer to become better informed, more observant and cognizant of their own safety and of those around them.

  • Characteristics of Armed Criminals
  • Developing Reasonable Suspicion
  • Patrol Officers Enforcement Options
  • Stop And Frisk vs. Consensual Encounters
  • Traffic Enforcement and Weapons
  • Utilizing Contact, Concealment and Cover


Identifying Drugged Persons
This session has been designed to improve your ability to recognize individuals who may be medically impaired or under the influence of drugs. It is likely that you have encountered individuals who were under the influence of drugs rather than alcohol. Depending upon the specific type(s) of drugs the individual has taken, some individuals may appear similar to persons who are under the influence of alcohol. Other individuals will look and behave differently from an alcohol-impaired individual. It is important that you be able to recognize suspects who may be under the influence of drugs so that you will know when to summon assistance from physicians, trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) or other appropriate persons.
 
This training program will not qualify you to perform the functions of a DRE. It will, however, assist you in recognizing some of the signs and symptoms associated with drug influence or when an individual needs medical attention.

Objectives

  • Recognize impairment associated with drug use.
  • Define the word “drug” as it relates to traffic safety.
  • Identify the seven drug categories and recognize the major observable indicators.
  • Successfully document the observable impairment.


Identifying Hidden Weapons
Identifying Hidden Weapons identifies concealment areas in household items, internet purchased items, altered devices and specially designed armaments all made with criminal intent to conceal dangerous weapons. This course is highly interactive with several live demonstrations showing search techniques. Numerous depictions are shown and discussed related to hundreds of different types of concealed dangerous weapons.

Objectives

  • How criminals obtain and conceal weapons.
  • Search techniques.
  • Spotting a hidden weapon.
  • Concealment methods.


Identity Theft and the Drug Connection Overview
This session will acquaint you with criminal activity occurring at the street level and how it relates to the crime of identify theft and its link to drug trafficking.
 
Objectives

  • State the meaning of Identity Theft.
  • Identify key federal laws to further the prosecution of Identity Theft.
  • Understand some of the different methods employed by criminals to commit Identity Theft.
  • Understand the role that Identity Theft plays in drug trafficking.
  • Understand the impact incurred by victims of Identity Theft.
  • Describe the fundamental steps for working Identity Theft cases.


Internet Investigations (for the Narcotics Enforcement Detective)
MySpace and Face Book are just a few  of the  social web sites that can provide valuable information during a criminal investigation. As an investigator,   the internet can be a valuable resource . During this 4 hour block of online interactive instruction you will discover the many ways criminals are visible on the Web. You will learn how to capture web sites, videos and other images from places like YouTube, Google, and AOL Video. Additionally, you will learn how the Internet is used to sell illegal drugs, stolen property, and prostitution through web sites such as Craigslist and eBay, and ways to combat the use of technology in street crimes. You will be given instruction, resource information, and online tools to begin these types of investigations and to give you the edge you need to be more successful.
 
Objectives

  • Identify methods to capture web sites, videos and other images from the internet.
  • Describe how the internet is used to sell illegal drugs, stolen property, and prostitution.
  • Describe ways to combat the use of technology in street crimes.
  • Identify resources and online tools to begin internet investigations.


Effective Patrol Utilization of K-9
This class will provide law enforcement with information on techniques that will enhance the effective use of K-9 during drug searches, tracking, and other critical law enforcement activities.

Objectives

  • Become familiar with the personality of the dogs and their handlers
  • Understand the different types of working K9s
  • Gain an understanding of how dogs detect, alert, and track, as well as why they donít alert
  • Understand how to operate effectively with a K-9/handler team while avoiding common mistakes


Knock and Talk
This program discusses the latest techniques in the use of a narcotics interview to gain consensual search, make plain view seizures, and develop probable cause to search warrants.

Objectives

  • Define the nature of Knock and Talk investigations.
  • Identify who can use a Knock and Talk.
  • Identify when to use a Knock and Talk.
  • Learn the steps to the Knock and Talk procedure.
  • Recognize the safety concerns surrounding Knock and Talk investigations.


Leadership in Police Narcotics Units
This topic is designed for law enforcement officers who are or may become drug unit supervisors involved in drug investigation initiatives. The primary focus of this course is to provide the basic knowledge and skills necessary to improve their agent’s motivation, satisfaction and performance. Supervisors/leaders will learn how to establish appropriate expectations, set boundaries that will allow them to deal with the problematic and risk taking agents. It will teach supervisors to review several leadership styles that may be appropriate for supervising agents in different stages of competence, commitment, and stress in relations to undercover operations. Supervisors will also learn some important performance appraisal strategies in conjunction with common rater errors.

Objectives

  • Diagnose the competence and commitment of your agents to determine their level of readiness for the task at hand.
  • Understand the importance of flexibility in leadership styles in addressing impediments to collaborative problem solving.
  • Become knowledgeable about basic personality traits that influence behavior.
  • Understand the importance of maintaining a high level of motivation, satisfaction and performance in agents.
  • Describe of problematic agents and their early warning signs that can signal opportunities to get officers “back on track.”
  • Determine strategies for supervising the risk taking agent.
  • Understand dysfunctional coping strategies agents often default to when under stress or depressed.
  • Understand the importance of IQ and EQ (Emotional Intelligence).
  • Describe effective performance appraisal strategies and avoid common rater errors.


Looking Beyond the Arrest
This block of instruction will focus on follow-up investigations and will teach officers how to better articulate their observations and actions surrounding armed encounters. The course will help officers recognize important aspects pertaining to report writing and the subsequent perpetration needed for successful courtroom testimony. Last and most important, this course will reinforce the importance of being better informed, more observant and cognizant of their own safety and of those around them.
Objectives

  • Report Writing and Necessary Articulation
  • Looking Beyond The Arrest - Case Follow Up
  • Successful Courtroom Testimony
  • The Warrior Mentality


Working with the Media for the Narcotics Officer
This course is designed to give valuable insight to the officer in dealing with the various media interactions, including press conferences, ambush interviews, and crisis situations.

Objectives

  • Understand the media and how it operates
  • Understand how to engage the media properly, from initial contact through the actual media event
  • Understand interview tactics used by media and how to avoid divulging the wrong information
  • Practice preparing for and delivering a press release


Marijuana Indoor Grow Investigations
This topic will provide the investigator with a familiarization of marijuana cultivation trends, the signs that indicate the presence of an indoor grow operation and an overview of investigative techniques.

Objectives

  • Identify the strains of the cannabis plant, grow factors and the plant life cycle.
  • Identify the equipment used in the indoor grow operation.
  • Gain an awareness of indoor grow operations.
  • Gain an awareness of techniques for investigating structures suspected of indoor grow operations.


Marijuana Outdoor Grow Investigations
This topic will provide the investigator with a familiarization of marijuana cultivation trends, the signs that indicate the presence of an outdoor grow operation and an overview of investigative techniques .

Objectives

  • Identify the strains of the cannabis plant, grow factors and the plant life cycle.
  • Develop a working knowledge of outdoor grow operations.
  • Gain an awareness of techniques for investigating outdoor grow operations.
  • Gain an awareness of aerial marijuana spotting techniques.


Money Laundering Introduction (Conference Only)
This topic will provide an overview of the basic concepts surrounding money laundering violations. It will cover the applicable criminal statutes, Federal currency reporting forms and requirements.

Objectives

  • Identify criminal statutes applicable to money laundering.
  • Identify federal currency reporting forms and their requirements.


Money Laundering - Proving Illegal Funds (Conference Only)
This course will cover the elements of proof needed to charge money laundering and currency reporting violations of both international and domestic money laundering cases. The presentation also includes a Source & Application of Funds case analysis.

Objectives

  • Identify sources of evidence and information in money laundering investigations.
  • Complete a basic “Source & Application of Funds” analysis.


N.A.R.C. - Making the Transition into Narcotics
This presentation overviews the life and lifestyle of the undercover detective. From the time of the selection process throughout the career of the undercover operative, changes both subtle and dramatic take place. This course will highlight those changes in the hope of assisting the detective to avoid some of possible pitfalls that may be encountered along the way.

Objectives

  • Describe the selection process of the undercover officer.
  • Describe the traits that have proven successful for the undercover officer.
  • Describe workplace, home and community issues that undercover officers face on a daily basis.
  • Identify techniques for avoiding pitfalls of undercover work.


Overdose America Overview
This course will provide an introduction to overdose issues in America to include definition, types, common drugs (street and prescription), symptoms, addiction, intervention and the impact on society.

Objectives

  • State the various types of overdose.
  • Describe the symptoms and physical responses of overdose.
  • Describe the issues surrounding prescription drug abuse.
  • Respond effectively and safely when overdose is suspected.
  • Identify initial intervention strategies for substance abuse or addiction.
  • Understand the social, familial and economic influences of drug abuse.


Pawnshop Drug Investigations
If you discovered a location where 40% of the frequent visitors were chronic drug users and over 70% of the repeat clientele had criminal records, would you look a little closer? Welcome to your neighborhood pawnshop. Pawnshops, whether legitimate or not, provide a wealth of investigative information for the narcotic investigator, as well as property and violent crime detectives.

This course will provide students with an understanding of the principles of pawn investigations, pawn shop inspections, and the “red flags” that may indicate criminal activity. It will also provide proven techniques for conducting a successful undercover pawnshop sting operation. At the end of this 4 hour course, the student will have gained the knowledge needed to conduct a proper pawnshop investigation.

Objectives

  • Understand and gain basic knowledge of the history of the pawn industry and how it knowingly or unknowingly assists in narcotic and criminal activity.
  • Learn to conduct a proper pawnshop investigation to expose valuable information and develop leads to investigate narcotic and criminal activity.
  • Identify signs that signal criminal activity within a pawnshop.
  • Describe strategies for planning and executing a successful sting operation against a pawnshop.


Pharmaceutical Drug Investigations Overview
The goal of this course is to present an in-depth look at various prescription substances and related diversion techniques that sworn law enforcement officers will likely encounter in their duties. This course will highlight the pertinent drugs diverted from legitimate to illicit use through prescription forgery, fake illness and injuries. Included are investigative techniques to detect activity and apprehend violators.

Objectives

  • Identify common pharmaceutical drug diversion methods, including prescription fraud.
  • Identify prescription records for both controlled and non-controlled substances.
  • State the method of construction and meaning behind DEA numbers.
  • Identify the characteristics of forged prescriptions.
  • State the meanings of prescription abbreviations.
  • State the peculiarities of nurse investigations.
  • Identify common controlled substances, along with their uses and effects.


Preserving Computerized Drug Evidence
This course is designed to raise awareness and knowledge of digital evidence pertaining to illegal drug and narcotic activities involving computers or electronic networks using computers and other digital communication technologies. Special emphasis is given to the recognition, preservation, and collection of digital evidence during the execution of drug search warrants or other narcotic investigations. Search and seizure laws and legal issues are examined as well as a review of the types of drug-related crimes committed in cyberspace.

Objectives

  • Understand the wide variety of digital evidence related to drug-related crimes.
  • Understand and discuss the nature and volatility of digital evidence and electronic crime scenes.
  • Comprehend the rules of search and seizure for digital evidence, to include federal legislation governing privacy issues.
  • Describe the search warrant requirements and search warrant exceptions as related to digital evidence.
  • Recognize and describe basic categories of digital evidence and their potential sources at a crime scene.
  • Identify and comprehend issues associated with the identification, preservation, and collection of digital evidence.
  • Recognize and understand procedures for collection, transport, and storage of digital evidence.


Probation and Parole: A Narc’s Best Friend

This course provides an overview of the role of Probation and Parole officers in narcotics enforcement.  It is the goal of the course to provide an understanding of the benefits of effective collaboration between Probation and Parole officers and Narcotics officers.

Objectives

  • Gain an awareness of the role of probation and parole officers
  • Describe community supervision
  • Discuss strategies for creating effective agencies
  • Identify the benefits of an alliance between probation and parole, and narcotics officers.


Risk Avoidance for Drug Enforcement Officers

This four-hour block of instruction on police civil liability and risk avoidance takes an in-depth look at drug enforcement work. Real life, on-the-street scenarios are utilized to keep the class up-to-date on the legal requirements involved in doing drug enforcement work. Street level cops will learn the benefits of asset forfeiture, understand the liabilities associated with forfeiture, come away with the knowledge of how to successfully seize property involved in a criminal enterprise. Risk avoidance and undercover buy-busts and the importance of training and properly equipping street-level officers are emphasized all through an interactive approach. Recent court decisions that apply to drug enforcement work are discussed so that the class members come away with a working knowledge of the case law as pertains to the drug enforcement work they do on a daily basis.

Objective:

  • Identify and understand the legal requirements of undercover drug work and the common risks that are inherent in drug enforcement work.

Rogue Officer

This presentation will address the difficult personnel issues related to the “rogue officer” (the more risky or problem employee in an organization). The focus will be on the potential impact of this type of officer to and from a law enforcement narcotics unit.


Objectives

  • Define and identify the characteristics of a “rogue officer.”
  • Identify the importance of identifying the “rogue officer.”
  • Identify the dangers of a “rogue officer” in narcotics.
  • Identify leadership factors important for dealing with the “rogue officer.”
  • Identify strategies to reduce rogue behavior in an organization.


Sources of Information
There is a large quantity of information available through nationwide, regional and commercial databases. This course provides an overview of the many different sources of information available to law enforcement for narcotic and criminal investigations.

Objectives

  • Provide information on the types of data offered by various databases for use in narcotics investigations.
  • Provide an introduction to the use of the Internet as a tool to assist in criminal investigations.


Specialized Electronics
This class gives a basic understanding of the various hardware and media available to meet the needs of a narcotics investigation in various tactical environments. Training covers technical aspects such as antenna and repeater considerations, as well as tactical aspects such as body worn and placement of equipment. This course will also enable the student to properly identify the legal parameters involved in conducting electronic surveillance. The course includes, but is not limited to, electronic surveillance techniques, planning, implementation and control. In addition, a brief review of legal requirements is incorporated to include single party consent, Title III and visual interception.

Objectives

  • Identify and describe the hardware and media available for a narcotics investigation.
  • Understand the technical and tactical considerations for the use of specialized electronics to meet a specific operation.
  • Identify the legal parameters involved in conducting electronic surveillance.


Stages of Any Covert Operation
This program provides an understanding of the Nine Stages of any successful covert operation including: Introduction, CI Debrief, Pre-planning, Planning, Briefing, Touchy-Feely Issues, Touch and Go, the Operation Itself and the Critique.

Objective

  • Identify and describe the nine stages of any successful covert operation.


Supervising Counterdrug Operations Overview
This course is designed to provide executive-level law enforcement managers with insight into critical issues of counterdrug operations. Attendance should be limited to command-level executive positions (e.g., chief, sheriff, director, task force board members). The attendee will learn management practices that will ensure a stable command and control attitude of first-line and middle managers for counterdrug task force operations.

Objectives

  • Utilize organizational techniques for providing sound counterdrug enforcement efforts to communities served.
  • Understand policy and procedure requirements necessary to ensure operational control.
  • Utilize sound selection, training, and retention criteria for unit staffing.
  • Use risk assessment and mitigation procedures.


Surveillance Operations Overview
This course will provide students with an understanding of the principles of basic surveillance techniques as they apply to the different types of surveillance performed by narcotic officers. The presentation will cover the various types and methods of surveillance, purposes for conducting surveillance, surveillance problems, and proper documentation of surveillance operations.

Objectives

  • State the various types and methods of surveillance and their purpose.
  • Understand the principles of basic surveillance techniques performed by narcotic officers.
  • Recognize the common problems that can occur during surveillance operations and how to address them.
  • Observe and properly document activities during a surveillance for potential use as evidence or probable cause for warrant issue.


Surviving Hidden Weapons
Surviving Hidden Weapons emphasizes refocusing Officer Safety skills and using tactical advantage procedures. This course is highly interactive with several live demonstrations showing proactive Officer Safety techniques. Student interaction is very powerful which demands their attention through real-life videos of Officer Safety "winnable" situations and learning points.

Objectives

  • Violent Encounters Study - FBI.
  • Seriousness of focus.
  • Modern officer safety techniques.
  • Routine is the enemy.
  • Ten Deadly Sins of Law Enforcement.


Tactical Drug Raid Planning and Supervision
This course will provide some of the newest tactics in how to plan, brief, execute, and document your high-risk operations. Learn how to have the tactical edge, beginning with the proper plan and knowing the mindset of your tactical team. This course also includes an informative section regarding liability recognition and reduction concerning high-risk operations such as search warrants, buy-busts, and meth labs.

Objectives

  • Describe the importance of and considerations in planning a high-risk operation.
  • Identify the characteristics of a successful briefing of any operation.
  • Understand the seriousness and danger involved in any tactical operation, coupled with the importance of the mindset of your tactical team.
  • Recognize the supervisor’s responsibility and identify techniques to minimize the liability of any operation.


Tactics for the Street
This fast paced four hour course is intended for patrol officers and supervisors who want to become more effective in detecting and arresting criminals operating motor vehicles including drug users, drug traffickers, fugitives, and gang members.

Objectives

  • Suspect Contacts
  • Making a Legal Stop / Consensual Encounter


Talking Hands Overview
This course will provide students with an overview of the ability to communicate with each other nonverbally using one-handed signals in noisy environments and without the suspects hearing anything. This training, based upon the same signs used by the hearing-impaired public, will cover basic nonverbal communication techniques using single-hand sign language for use in police environments or situations where verbal communication is undesirable.

Objectives

  • Understand the benefits of using officer hand signals.
  • Utilize a wide variety of officer hand signals, including descriptions and colors.


Use of Drug Informants
This program provides the multijurisdictional standards necessary to supervise, manage and document informants.

Objectives

  • Define “informants” and identify the different types.
  • Describe the motivational factors of informants.
  • Understand the risks and benefits of using informants within a drug investigation.


Use of PowerPoint for Successful Prosecution of Drug Cases
This course provides a guideline for the building of an effective Power Point Presentation. The Power Point presentation will provide law enforcement personnel with powerful visuals for jurors and judges to view which will lead to the successful prosecution of drug cases.

Objectives

  • Discuss the benefit of using a PowerPoint presentation for judges and jurors.
  • Understand when to introduce the presentation for it to be most effective.
  • Know how to create a visual image.
  • Know the limitations of PowerPoint.
  • Know the realistic goals of a PowerPoint Presentation.
  • Know how to design an effective PowerPoint Presentation.


Vehicle Searches and Hidden Compartments
The goal of this session is to increase the patrol officer's awareness of possible criminal activity during traffic stop encounters. Motivation and observation are key to the patrol officer's success.

Objectives

  • Identify the indicators of motor vehicle drug couriers.
  • Describe the most common types of vehicle searches.
  • State the various reasons violators consent to searches.
  • Describe proper vehicle search techniques.


Violence and Money in the Drug Trade
This presentation will take a close look at the violence associated with different types of drugs and why the violence occurs.

Objectives

  • Identify the types of violence used by drug dealers.
  • Identify the hazards of marijuana grow operations and drug lab locations.
  • Identify the dangers of interdiction stops.
  • State the main reason for a person to sell drugs.
  • State the profit margin on selling drugs.


Workable Approach To Search And Seizure
This presentation will focus on the historical background and judicial interpretation of the Fourth Amendment, reasons which justify warrantless searches and seizures, and the preparation and execution of search warrants.

Objectives

  • Understand the reasons why the Fourth Amendment was created.
  • Understand that the Fourth Amendment was intended to require warrants.
  • Understand the reasons for exceptions to the “warrant” rule.
  • Understand the legal requirements for warrants.
  • Understand the legal requirements for warrantless intrusions.


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