Northeast Counterdrug Training Center

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Advanced Narcotic Operations

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.

Basic Narcotics Investigator

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.

Basic Undercover Techniques

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. 

Cell Phone Investigation Techniques

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.

Courtroom Testimony

This course is designed to improve your skills in testimony, increase your awareness of the court system processes, and help you understand your role in describing the elements of the crime to a judge and jury in a reasonable light. The initial investigation, arrest, or traffic citation is only the beginning stage of a long legal process. The instructors in this class will discuss details involved in the preliminary exam, suppression hearing, useful explanations of physical evidence, expert testimony, witness testimony issues, and closing statements.

Cryptocurrency Investigations

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.

Current Heroin Threat

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.

Dark Web Investigations

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.

Detecting Misleading Behaviors

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.

Domestic Terrorism

Participants in this course learn about domestic terrorist groups and how to recognize indicators relating to domestic terrorism. There has been a tremendous increase in narco-terrorism activities involving Transnational Criminal Organizations. These relationships will be explained, and investigative techniques will be discussed to assist in dismantling these organizations operating in communities across the United States. Students will explore law enforcement's roles and responsibilities in combating domestic terrorism.