Civilian Instruction


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.

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.

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 Court orders and subpoenas are no longer valid tools for criminal investigations.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.


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.

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 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. 

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.


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.

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.

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. 

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.