This course is designed for veterans and newcomers alike. It focuses on the relationship between traffic enforcement and drug interdiction enforcement. Specific techniques are covered to assist officers in detecting drug trafficking activity. Students attending the resident course located at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania will receive extensive instruction in road side interviews, which will include hands-on training with vehicles equipped with aftermarket-installed false compartments used to conceal drugs, money, and weapons. Students attending export courses at other locations throughout the country will receive extensive instruction on the theory and best practices of conducting vehicle searches with emphasis on emerging concealment techniques. Students at all locations will also participate in mock roadside interviews in an effort to detect deception.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between increased traffic enforcement and reduction of drug trafficking.
  • Describe several case studies to show how traffic enforcement reduces drug trafficking.
  • Identify certain indicators of criminal activity and their meaning.
  • Describe reasons and justifications for traffic stops.
  • Describe and understand pre-textual stops.
  • Describe types of searches.
  • Describe techniques for the officer to use at the stop.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of some of the imaginative areas criminals use to conceal illegal narcotics.
  • Describe how to safely access these compartments in various vehicles.
  • Describe how to make a set of "Alligator Clips" to use in breaching hidden compartments.
  • Identify techniques of Narcotics Evidence Handling.
  • Identify ways to minimize risks from traffic conditions at the stop.
  • Identify ways to safely interact with the vehicle occupants while making a traffic stop.
  • Identify the importance of a "passenger side approach."
  • Identify safety procedures to consider while conducting searches of vehicles.
  • Identify special Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety issues during a stop.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 2 days/16 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement.