Drug Enforcement Investigations Course

Course Length: 80.0 Hours

Course Number Start Date End Date Location Instructor/Coordinator Status
TBA 02/05/2018 02/16/2018 GPSTC, FORSYTH Jason Mitchell
TBA 09/24/2018 10/05/2018 GPSTC, FORSYTH Jason Mitchell

Who Should Attend: Officers assigned to narcotics, vice, or other specialized units involved in the investigation of ongoing criminal activity and those who will be assigned to those units.

Prerequisite: The student must complete the four-hour online course Use of Force and De-escalation Options for Gaining Compliance that is offered by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Also, students must have completed one of the following: Search and Seizure for Law Enforcement, Search Warrants and Affidavits: Advanced, Criminal Procedure, or the equivalent of one of those courses.

Through lectures, case studies, and practical exercises, students will learn to conduct proactive investigations of ongoing criminal activity. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with controlled substances, intelligence collection and analysis, physical and electronic surveillance, knock and talks, undercover buys, the use of confidential informants, raids, and clandestine labs. The techniques learned in this course can be used to investigate crimes related to drugs, prostitution, gambling, and other organized criminal activity.

Special Notes: Students are encouraged to bring a laptop to class for taking notes and completing assignments. This class will fulfill the requirement of Introduction to Drug Enforcement for the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Narcotics Investigator Certification.