Human Trafficking

Course Description: This course covers first-hand experiences and findings within organizations engaged in criminal activities supported by human trafficking. Human trafficking, smuggling, prostitution, and modern-day slavery is in the United States and prospering with very little resistance. Every student will understand the immigration process and how it is being fraudulently abused. Students will be able to identify possible fronts located in their prospective areas of operation and will learn interviewing techniques and questions needed to identify, investigate, infiltrate, and convict these organizations.

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 2 Days / 16 Hours

Fentanyl Response & Decon

The main purpose of this course is to help protect responders who may encounter fentanyl during a response, and with consequence management in the form of decontamination. This objective is achieved by providing information to help detect the presence of fentanyl, identify hazards associated with those substances, and mitigate those hazards and contamination. While the curriculum is primarily intended for patrol officers, corrections officers, and parole & probation officers, personnel in counterdrug nexus may find information in this course useful during encounters with fentanyl products. This course is also beneficial for individuals who may find themselves needing to decontaminate fentanyl contaminated surface as part of their duties.

ACAMS

CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists) enables dedicated Counter Threat Finance and Financial Crimes professionals to promote standards for the detection and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing. CAMS training will promote and enhance current knowledge and skill level using career enhancement platform using cutting-edge education, training as well as exposure to a massive community of AML/Counterdrug/Financial Crimes professionals.

Analytical Tradecraft for Law Enforcement

This course sets a foundation in intelligence analysis and integration into law enforcement operations. The course focuses on the fundamentals of analysis, the intelligence cycle, and analysis. These classes provide students with an introduction to the intelligence process, community directives, information and source evaluation, and tools necessary to conduct analysis. Upon course completion, students will be able to recognize pertinent information and apply analytical skill sets in the law enforcement setting. These skills aid law enforcement and law enforcement support in providing effective actionable intelligence to strategic and operational initiatives.

Basic Narcotics Investigation

The course covers drug-in-field training, undercover surveillance, and counter surveillance, as well as how to properly investigate, document, and make arrests for drug violations. This course is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the individual criminal investigators skills in performing the multi-disciplined, multi level tasks necessary to successfully conduct comprehensive major drug investigations.

Basic Patrolling for Drug Related Activity

Patrolling is a two-day course that covers the basics of tactical movement in a classroom and culminates in day and night patrolling to a simulated objective without compromise. Students will demonstrate knowledge of Tactical Leading Procedures, group movement formations/techniques, hand and arm signals, crossing linear danger areas, and reacting to contact.

Basic Tactical Medicine

This course is designed to teach Law Enforcement Officers and other first responders how to treat and manage trauma patients in a civilian tactical environment. Utilizing a mix of classroom presentation and hands-on evaluations, attendees will learn how to provide life-sustaining treatments in threatening conditions.

Basic Threat Finance

This course will introduce students to how threat actors utilize and exploit financial system to generate, move, store, and use their illicit proceeds. The course develops the student’s understanding of threat finance covering the fundamentals of money laundering, financial system vulnerabilities, and financial intelligence support. Using lecture, discussion and practical exercise students are introduced to the real-life applicability of counter threat finance and the various record keeping databases which support financial investigation. Students will explore the history of crypto and virtual currencies, along with how criminals procure and store these assets. Students will also observe how cryptocurrency seizures are conducted and documented. 

Cell Phone Use in Drug Investigations

Traditional investigative techniques and tools do not work as well as they used to. Locked devices stop most forensic tools from working. Court orders and subpoenas are no longer valid tools for criminal investigations. Companies are not storing text message content. At the same time the amount of information available on a mobile device has increased. This class will explore the methods of exploring a suspect’s cellular phone, phone company records, and third party data sources to assist investigations involving narcotics trafficking, homicide, sex crimes, gang related crimes, identify theft, and other types of criminal activity.

 

Critical Thinking

This course is designed to enhance the ability of criminal analysts to evaluate information or evidence in a thorough and systematic manner. By utilizing Structured Analytical Techniques students will be able to externalize the analytic reasoning process. This provides students the ability to describe their reasoning process to others, to work in analytic teams and make it easier for analysts to give briefs and write reports.

Cryptocurrency and Basic Seizure

The C&BS course provides an introduction to virtual and cryptocurrencies and how criminals utilize them to layer proceeds from specified unlawful activities. Students will be introduced to the history of cryptocurrencies, learn how to identify suspect wallets, identify transactions visible on the blockchain, and how to implement a seizure plan. Students will get hands on experience in seizing Bitcoin by transferring funds into an agency-controlled wallet. 

Cryptocurrency for Narcotics Investigations

The use of Cryptocurrency as a form of payments and investments has exploded over the past several years. Due to the decentralization that cryptocurrency offers, criminals have tapped into this market to pay for illicit activity as well as engage in money laundering methods. This training course will cover the fundamentals of cryptocurrency to include how to obtain it using cryptocurrency wallets, peer to peer networks, CoinJoin multi-party services, and various other methods. 

Dark Web Investigations

This course gives a foundation and framework for investigating the dark web for narcotics, gangs, transnational organized crime, and other criminal activity. This is a practical hands-on course which provides the opportunity to become immersed in best practices for dark web investigators.  This course in non-technical in that no prerequisites or prior training in code or script is required. Basic knowledge of search functions is helpful but will be reviewed. Dark Web investigations, unlike traditional online investigations add a new dimension of anonymity to the criminals using this platform. It indicates a higher level of sophistication and knowledges a greater difficulty for investigators to detect, engage, and communicate. Training will cover evidence collection and chain of custody as well as documenting evidence in these investigations. This course focuses on drug investigations and criminal violations taking place using the dark web, methods to investigate and prosecute.

Deliberate Mission Planning for Law Enforcement Supervisors

In this course, officers receive an overview of the Army’s “Deliberate Mission Planning Process” which is a tool for managing time when officers have more than 48 hours to plan a challenging mission like a high-risk arrest or large event.  The course also provides a tool for managing information called the Operations Order.  Officers then work through each step of this deliberate planning process to eventually reach a decision about how they will plan the mission.  This mission is planned at lunch, and a students will fill out a portion of the Operations Order to brief the class their mission after lunch.  The class concludes with a written final exam and then an after-action review of the course. 

Drug Identification

 Drug Identification is a critical tool that every law enforcement officer should know. Unfortunately, almost no police department in the nation provides a course-specific training in their academies for this pertinent investigative tool. This information is not just for the seasoned Detective or senior officer, but also for the new officer who has just begun their career.

Drug Informant Management

This course instructs new and experienced officers in the efficient, safe and legal protocols for developing, managing and deploying confidential informants in narcotics cases. Officers will be taught to identify and avoid potential ‘problem’ informants and integrity issues. Developing and utilizing a variety of informants, such as informants working off a new arrest; a sentence reduction; jail and prison inmates; probationers; parolees; paid informants; other officer’s informants and other categories, will be covered in this class. Briefing, debriefing and interviewing informants will be instructed.

Effective Search Warrant Writing in the Digital Age

Course Description: The objective of this course is to expose the student to the thought process of effectively documenting a drug trafficking investigation in order to successfully investigate criminal activity associated with the drug subculture within their jurisdiction. This course focuses on the fundamentals and constitutional requirements in writing narcotics related search warrants and documenting informants in order to preserve their confidentiality and establish their reliability. The course is designed to enhance the skill level of all law enforcement officers dealing with drug related criminal activity. Uniformed patrol officers, proactive investigators, correctional officers, drug education/intervention personnel, and probation and parole officers will gain valuable information vital to reducing drug related criminal activity. The Effective Writing for Narcotics Operations and Investigations course is presented using the most up to date learning techniques. 

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 2 Days / 16 Hours

Effective Writing for Narcotics Investigations

Writing Narcotic Search Warrants is designed to educate students on the essential elements needed to write and obtain a search warrant while conducting criminal investigations. It will instruct students on how to compose an affidavit and improve their abilities and skills needed to write a clear, concise and factual basis for search warrants. The course will address requirements established by federal and/or state specific constitutional authorities in order to develop probable cause. 

Enhanced Illicit Drug Manufacturing

Course Description: The main purpose of this course is to help protect responders who may encounter illicit drug manufacturing during a response. This objective is achieved by providing information to help detect the presence of illicit drug manufacturing, identify hazards associated with the process, and mitigate those hazards. The curriculum also included PPE usage, Site Safety Plans, TTP’s, and planning considerations. While the curriculum is primarily intended for law enforcement special operations officers, personnel in counterdrug nexus and community-based organizations may find information in this course useful during encounters with illicit drug manufacturing. In addition, this course can be specifically tailored to meet specific illicit drug manufacturing methods & products that an organization is encountering.

 

Course Length: 8 Hours (4 Hours Classroom & 4 Hours Scenario Based Training)

Enhanced Tactical Medicine

 This course is designed to teach Law Enforcement Officers and other first responders how to treat and manage trauma patients in a civilian tactical environment. Utilizing a mix of classroom presentation and hands-on skills training, attendees will learn how to provide life-sustaining treatments in threatening conditions.

Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opiates

Course Description: This course is designed for all law enforcement that enforce drug laws to include patrol, investigators, agents, corrections, probation, parole and all others who possess authority to investigate and come in contact with fentanyl or other synthetic opiates. The objective of this course is to enhance the ability and skills of the student, utilizing safety protocols, to correctly identify, detect, and successfully seize fentanyl and other synthetic opiate. Officer safety considerations will be a primary topic.

 

Fentanyl Facts & First Aid

Course Description: This course serves to prepare the student for encounters with fentanyl, and individuals who have suffered an overdose.  Students will learn what fentanyl is, how it is encountered, where it comes from, binders of concern, and first aid.  These objectives are achieved by providing information on how fentanyl is created, what modalities of transmission, hazards, and first aid via naloxone administration.  While the curriculum is primarily intended for members of the counterdrug nexus and community-based organizations, personnel in any organization that can/may encounter fentanyl and overdose victims would find this information beneficial. 

 

Prerequisites: There are no special prerequisites for this class. 

 

Course Length:  

Training Day(s): Half day 

Academic Hours: 1 Hour 

 

Fentanyl Safety & Awareness

 Fentanyl Safety & Awareness provides an overview of the characteristics and hazards of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Students will learn about current tactics, techniques and procedures to mitigate hazards to first responders when fentanyl or other harmful illicit substances are present at a scene.

Gang Awareness in Narcotics Investigations

Course Description: This course explores:  origins, history, current trends, identifiers, dynamics of street gangs, and gang involvement in the drug trade and distribution in the United States.  This course will identify and examine numerous influential gangs by geographic location, threat level, specialty, and their interactions with each other.  Jurisdictions will be discussed, identifying areas of operation- both on the street and in correctional facilities across the country.  The intent of this course is to prepare officers in both large and small agencies to properly identify and interdict gang activity in their respective jurisdictions, as well as understand and communicate the impact this activity may have on other jurisdictions and correctional facilities.  Officers will learn how to utilize this inter-agency information network to combine efforts in combating street gangs. 

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 2 Days / 16 Hours

I2 Analyst Notebook Advanced

This course provides a comprehensive overview of all features included in IBM® i2® Analyst's Notebook (ANB) - analytic tools, report, and import/export capabilities. The course teaches analytical capabilities, including geospatial, social network, analysis, and statistical analysis. Students can use data they normally work with to import and manipulate the data into i2® Analyst’s Notebook.

I2 Analyst Notebook Basic

This course provides a comprehensive overview of all features included in IBM® i2® Analyst's Notebook (ANB) - analytic tools, report, and import/export capabilities. The course teaches analytical capabilities, including geospatial, social network, analysis, and statistical analysis. Students can use data they normally work with to import and manipulate the data into i2® Analyst’s Notebook.

Illicit Drug Manufacturing

This course is designed for all Law Enforcement that enforce drug laws to include patrol, investigators, agents, corrections, probation, parole and all others who possess authority to investigate and come into contact with illicit drugs and materials. The object of this course is to develop the situational awareness of the students to safely identify, and effectively respond to the dynamic situations that illicit manufacturing entails. Topics include fentanyl pill press, illegal indoor/outdoor marijuana production, designer drugs, and meth labs.

Introduction to Communication Technology

This course introduces students to the basic understanding of communication technologies. Utilizing lecture the instructor will describe cellphone communication architecture, cellphone geolocation, IP address, online communication and strategies in analyzing communication. The instructor will teach students how to read, analyze, and interpret communication data and inform them of the latest updates on iOS/Android that could affect law enforcement investigation.

Introduction to Mission Planning

This course offers a standard for planning based on the spectrum of “tactical excellence” (accomplishing the mission with minimal costs) and “tactical failure” (a mission where the cost exceeded the benefit of accomplishing the mission).  The course also introduces a tool for managing time called the “Time-constrained Planning Process”, and a tool for managing information called the “Concept of the Operation”. 

Introduction to Threat Finance - Virtual

This course will introduce students to how threat actors utilize and exploit financial system to generate, move, store and use their illicit proceeds. The course develops the student’s understanding of threat finance covering the fundamentals of money laundering, financial system vulnerabilities, and financial intelligence support. Students will explore the history of crypto and virtual currencies, along with how criminals procure and store these assets. 

Land Navigation

Students will be taught to interpret map marginal data, terrain features on a map, plot the grid of a location on a map, orient the map, determine elevation, create a route, use a compass to determine magnetic north, understand and use declination information to determine grid north, and shoot an azimuth.  We will also do a 3-hour daylight navigation practical exercise, and a 3-hour night practical exercise.

Mexican Drug Cartel Investigations

Course Description: Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations are impacting communities in nearly every city in the United States. This problem can no longer be viewed as a “Border Issue.” The majority of the drugs distributed and consumed in the U.S. originate in Mexico. The cartel leaders have strategically formed relationships with American Street gangs to flood the streets with illicit drugs. In an effort to aggressively target drug trafficking organizations, local law enforcement officers need to gain a better understanding of the true structure and operational components of the Cartels and how the Mexican drug war impacts local cities in the U.S. on a daily basis. This training course will teach local law enforcement officers how to identify, target, infiltrate, and prosecute Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating in their cities. All police officers, regardless of assignment, will benefit from this training. Gaining a true understanding of the “Drug Trafficking Pyramid” will lead to more arrests as well as larger seizures of drugs, currency, and assets.

 

Prerequisites: None

 

Course Length: 2 Days / 16 Hours

Microsoft Tools in Narcotics Investigations

This course provides basic instruction on how to use Microsoft Excel for Law Enforcement.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand how to navigate and manipulate the tools and functions of Excel; create and update basic electronic spreadsheets, workbooks, use formulas and functions for completing calculations (e.g. dates, times, account information, phone numbers); format worksheets, produce charts, and use Excel tables; perform searches on entire database.

Military Leadership for LEOs

Course Description: The ‘Military Leadership for Law Enforcement Officers’ class is a one-day, 8-hour course based on the Army’s manual ADP 6-22: Army Leadership and the Profession.  The first part of the class will focus on the Army’s definition of ‘leadership’.  Students will spend time discussing the different components of this definition, they will assess the effect on the unit if these components are missing, and they will assess how they can improve their ability to lead regarding these components.  The second part of the class will analyze ‘law enforcement leader attributes’: students will brainstorm what these attributes should be for an effective law enforcement leader, they will identify the cost if these attributes are absent, and they will assess how they can become a better leader regarding these attributes.  Students will repeat this process for ‘law enforcement leader intellectual attributes’ and for ‘law enforcement leader competencies’. The goal is that officers by the end of the course will have an effective definition of ‘leadership’, a model for an effective law enforcement leader, an enhanced awareness of the qualities and effects caused by ineffective leadership, and a strategy for improving their personal ability to lead.

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 8 Hours

Mission Planning

This course provides military planning tools and practical guidance that will help students become better organized mission planners. The course will introduce general frameworks to help students improve their information, time, and risk management to support the foundational goal of officer safety. This course is designed to be highly experiential and hands-on.

Money Laundering 101

The ML101 course provides a focused introduction on how criminals and criminal organizations launder funds from Specified Unlawful Activities. Students will learn about the money laundering cycle, vulnerabilities for criminals engaged in laundering funds, and common methods used in layering. Students will also be introduced to cryptocurrencies, focusing on the history of virtual currencies, basics of procurement, and how criminals attempt to launder or obscure funds through the blockchain. Students will learn how to identify cryptocurrency wallets and procedures for seizing funds from those criminal wallets.  

Narcotic Related Financial Investigation (Basic)

This course is aimed at the state local and federal criminal investigator/prosecutor and their support staff who specialize in narcotics investigations and have no formal training in financial investigations. It stresses the elements of the various financial crimes that stem from the laundering and accumulation of profits from the illegal narcotics industry. 

Narcotics Related Financial Investigation (Advanced)

Enable students to perform standard basic criminal parallel investigations that incorporate criminal finance analysis in support of law enforcement investigations, intelligence, or prosecution. The primary instructive objective is to develop the capability of investigators and analysts to develop capabilities and conduct illicit finance analysis. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to determine if money laundering and currency violations can assist in expanding investigations and prosecution through adding additional targets and asset forfeiture provisions with appropriate statutes.

Operational Red Flags for Narcotics Investigations

This class will cover the warning signs officers must consider when planning and executing undercover narcotics operations, the signs that a suspect is planning to rip off law enforcement and the indicators of impending violence. This training will utilize scenario-based review of previous incidents to identify the indicators that should dictate an operation be paused or canceled to keep officers and informants safe.

Passenger Vehicle Drug Interdiction

This course provides students with the skills necessary to conduct successful interdiction. It will equip students with the ability to make a rapid assessment on whether narcotics activity is taking place. This rapid assessment can be enhanced by becoming familiar with current criminal trends and understanding how to use this information to confirm or deny one’s suspicion.

Patrol Officer Response to Street Drugs

This course is designed to enhance the ability and skills of all attendees to identify, detect and successfully articulate, to a judge or jury, your decision to apprehend the drug trafficker, distributor and/or the drug impaired person. Instances where this training can be applied include: calls for service where persons are involved in disturbances, juveniles using drugs on school grounds and domestic violence.

PenLink – PLX Advanced

This course builds on instruction in the PLX 101 course and focuses on communication through the internet. Analysis will be conducted with multiple phone apps, auto loading social media content, IP address analysis and combining this data with other digital media information for analysis.

PenLink – PLX Basic

This course is designed for the average user who has just begun to use PLX. The primary focus of this course is to provide an overview of the functionality of the software and to share best practices on how to use it. This course emphasizes hands-on experience, where students work in groups to resolve real-life case scenarios. In addition, this course assists users who are migrating from PenLink 8 to PLX.

Photo Analysis

This course teaches students basic techniques to identify the location where a picture or video was taken through a combination of reverse image searches and online searching. This course uses both lecture and practical exercises to teach the students. Upon course completion students will have acquired new techniques to analyze pictures and videos in order to aid their investigations.

Prevention Ethics

Course Description: This course identifies the standards of conduct for relating to prevention service recipients, sets professional goals with prevention ethics standards, and describes methods of decision making for ethical situations.

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 1 Days / 8 Hours

Resilience Training

Resilience Training (RT) teaches students 14 distinct skills that allow them to develop themselves and others in the six RT competency areas: Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Optimism, Mental Agility, Strengths of Character, and Connection. With these skills, students develop the ability to understand their own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, as well as the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of others. Students master skills to to use during high and low stress situations to strengthen relationships through communication strategies and learn how to praise effectively, respond constructively to positive experiences, as well as discuss and manage stressful activating events effectively.

SAPST

SAPST is broken down into four sessions:

  • Session 1 - Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice – The theories that lead to the evidence-based curriculums of today
  • Session 2 - SPF: Assessment and Assessing Capacity
  • Session 3 - SPF: Building Capacity, Cultural Proficiency, and Planning
  • Session 4 - SPF: Implementation, Evaluation, and Sustainability / Bringing It All Together

Synthetic Opioid Awareness

This course provides law enforcement with fundamental knowledge and overview of characteristics, hazards and availability of synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl within the illegal drug market, as well as hazards associated with clandestine lab production and milling operations.

Synthetic Opioid Response

This course provides members of the counterdrug nexus with fundamental knowledge and overview of characteristics, hazards, and availability of synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl within the illegal drug market. This course is designed to train responders in the identification of Fentanyl, Fentanyl related substances, Upjohns, AH’s, and W series synthetic opioids. Personnel are also trained on current tactics, techniques and procedures utilized to mitigate hazards to responders during a synthetic opioid incident. This course also covers planning considerations for personnel to implement within their jurisdictions to include: personal protection equipment selection; methods for presumptive field testing and laboratory confirmatory testing; and available local, state and federal resource.

Tactical Medicine Hemorrhage Control (HEMCON)

This course is designed to provide Law Enforcement Officers and other first responders with tools and techniques when caring for patients in tactical environments. Tactical Medicine Hemorrhage Control (HEMCON) for Law Enforcement emphasizes basic interventions for hemorrhage control used to treat one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in tactical environments (extremity and junctional exsanguination).

Threat Finance Analysis

This course will introduce students to how threat actors utilize and exploit financial system to generate, move, store and use their illicit proceeds. The course develops the student’s understanding of threat finance covering the fundamentals of money laundering, financial system vulnerabilities, and financial intelligence support. Using lecture, discussion and practical exercise students are introduced to the real life applicability of counter threat finance and the various record keeping databases which support financial investigation.

Time-Constrained Mission Planning for Patrol Officers

This course offers a standard for planning based on the spectrum of “tactical excellence” (accomplishing the mission with minimal costs) and “tactical failure” (missions where the costs exceeded the benefits of accomplishing the mission).  The course also introduces a tool for managing time called the “Time-constrained Planning Process” which can be used when officers have between 2 and 48 hours to plan a mission.  Officers are introduced to a tool for managing information called the “Concept of the Operation”.  Students will break up into teams and plan a time-constrained mission over lunch.  A class on giving a military-style mission brief is taught, and students then brief the class the mission they planned based upon that class.  The final class is how to conduct an After-Action Review.