This course provides attendees with a more broad-based view of the multiple, inter-related skills and techniques used for transforming narcotics data into useful work products. The course uses the “Intelligence Cycle” to systematically process data from raw, unrelated information into “actionable” end products that provide a clearer understanding of the problems faced by police agencies today. In other words, students learn how to effectively connect the dots! This course offers a blend of “old school” tips, techniques, and methodology combined with some of the most advanced, comprehensive tools and resources available to the police industry. Uniform officers can immediately put aspects of the course to work as effectively as detectives or criminal analysts. The “Intelligence Cycle” is introduced early in the course and is used throughout the course in a practical case-development project that requires them to apply their newfound knowledge.

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

  • Discuss the latest drug trends, prices, and market shifts; the background and ideology of many of the more active extremist groups; and identify the characteristics, criminal proclivities, and idiosyncrasies of the most prevalent evolving and/or emerging ethnic criminal organization in their region.
  • Provide a clear and concise definition of “intelligence” and discuss its “value” within the framework of policing.
  • Differentiate between “military” and “criminal” intelligence.
  • Describe the components of “Intelligence Cycle” and explain the product of cooperative interactions.
  • Describe the function of each of the four applications of intelligence.
  • Discuss the fundamental benefits of developing a collection “hypothesis” and “plan” and draft hypothetical examples.
  • List a number of the more common sources of information and collection techniques.
  • Describe and demonstrate the five graphic management techniques.
  • Discuss the varied terminology inherent in telephone communication records and its benefits.
  • Identify analytic products, discuss their function, and list a number of “variables” to be examined.
  • Demonstrate, in writing, an ability to identify the “relationships and commonalities” of data within the analytical case scenario.
  • Discuss the relevant issues regarding public records request and list a few of the legally-mandated exceptions to their release, in addition to the records management security and retention guidelines.
  • List three fundamental steps for preserving collected data.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and proper applications of the demonstrated equipment and additionally be able to list five “tips” for enhancing the quality of body-worn transmission as well as three techniques for mounting a successful stationary video surveillance.
  • Discuss some of the benefits of Internet research and describe a number of available online resources which may be used in support of an investigation or intelligence project.
  • Describe four collation techniques and describe the value/benefit of the process with respect to case management.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 3 days/24 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Corrections, Military (Intel, SF, and MP only).