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Covert operations are unpredictable and have the potential to turn deadly in a split second. Many covert operations proactively target the worst criminals operating in communities by using undercover (UC) law enforcement officers or confidential informants (CI). Unfortunately, the UC or CI often becomes the victim of a robbery, kidnapping, or other violent act. Initially, the UC or CI must aggressively fight or utilize stall tactics to save their life.
This “practical scenario” training has been designed to complement and expand the one week Basic Undercover Techniques for the Narcotics Officer course. Each student will receive an unique exposure and practical application to real undercover situations in a safe and evaluated environment. The goal is to provide training to officer in an effort to make sure every undercover officer gets home to their loved ones each and every night.
Narcotic investigators are faced with a challenge and dynamic assignment of proactively targeting individuals involved in the illicit manufacture, distribution, and/or possession of narcotics. Oftentimes, investigators are assigned to a narcotic unit and receive limited training. This can inadvertently lead to critical errors in various aspects of narcotic-related investigations. This five-day training course will properly prepare officers with the tools they need to successfully conduct a narcotic investigation.
This course has been designed to complement the experienced undercover officer as well as bring a "new" undercover up to a level of awareness, safety and knowledge that is required of those seasoned undercovers. The course covers effective recruitment and utilization of informants, identifying safety considerations and unique problems associated with undercover work, addressing the psychological challenges of undercover work, identifying difficult undercover situations and demonstrating methods to resolve them (drugs, alcohol, sex, and other crimes), understanding prosecutorial guidelines, regulations and entrapment issues, discussing risk management of undercover operations, examine key issues in the supervision of undercover units and personnel, demonstrating techniques for infiltration of transnational criminal organizations, identifying and demonstrating briefing and debriefing technique and professional documentation/courtroom preparation and testimony. Maybe most important is how criminals identify Undercover Officers as Law Enforcement.
It has become increasingly difficult for law enforcement to successfully exploit cell phones due to the evolution of smartphone technology. Criminals' heavy reliance on cell phones makes it crucial for police officers to learn common cell phone terminology and understand the data they receive from cell phone companies. Historical cell-site data and specialized location records have been utilized in hundreds of investigations to successfully track a criminal or put them near a crime scene.
This course will provide basic training on defining cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, identifying and accessing storage locations, and basic skills and techniques for law enforcement officers working a cryptocurrency case. Narcotics cases and trends will be utilized to demonstrate patterns and methods of cryptocurrency identification and tracking techniques.
The current heroin threat is being magnified by the use and abuse of Fentanyl. Fentanyl is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous and challenging drug-related threats to communities and law enforcement officers across the United States. This training course will focus on breaking down Fentanyl as well as the latest trends in packaging and distribution. An emphasis will be placed on how to prevent accidental exposure and possible overdose.
This course will define and demonstrate access to the darknet for the purposes of identifying and tracing narcotics distribution. This course will discuss at minimum legal techniques for darknet investigations including identity theft, money laundering, access device fraud and conspiracy charges utilizing narcotics case precedent.
Criminals are increasingly utilizing the Dark Web and Cryptocurrency to conduct their illicit activities ranging from narcotic trafficking, smuggling to fraudulent scams, various child crimes, and contract hackers. In 2021, there was a dramatic increase in trafficking activities occurring in the Metaverse. The metaverse? What is the metaverse? How do you access it? To effectively combat these emerging trends, law enforcement officers need to develop a fundamental knowledge base blockchain technology and Web 3.0.
In many instances, law enforcement officers have limited opportunities to interview witnesses to narcotic-related crimes or interrogate suspects that are under arrest. It is crucial that officers obtain a truthful and accurate account of what occurred. Officers must understand and identify when witnesses or suspects are being truthful or being deceptive.