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Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Drug Interdiction Patrol Tactics in Rural Areas
Tuesday, May 11 - Thursday, May 13, 2021
Course Start: 9:00 AM PT

Course Start Times are listed below for each Time Zone:

Pacific: 0900 AM
Mountain: 1000 AM
Central: 1100 AM
Eastern: 1200 PM

MCTC Distance Learning Requirements

 1. An internet enabled device: Macbook, PC, Desktop, Chromebook, or Mobile Device
 2. A valid physical (no P.O. boxes) mailing address to ship course materials

Additional Notes about MCTC Distance Learning Courses
 1. All personal identifying information will be deleted after course completion
 2. Due to the sensitive information in the course, all registrations will be labeled "APPLY FOR TRAINING" until positive identification can be confirmed
 3. Please attach a copy of your department issued photo ID in the registration form
 4. Once identification is confirmed, a confirmation email will verify your placement in the course
 5. Physical course materials and Distance Learning information will be sent out prior to the start of the course

**This course is formerly known as Criminal Patrol Tactics for the Rural Officer**

Registration is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel. 

Tuition and Fees
There is no cost to attend this training.

Course Description
This course is designed to provide rural law enforcement officers with the nuanced legal aspects of arrest, search and seizure for narcotics offenses. This course covers the hazards associated with conducting drug interdiction operations in rural areas, the indications of narcotics activity during traffic stops, and the proper techniques for conducting vehicle searches for the detection and identification of drug traffickers. This class will prepare the rural officer to disrupt drug trafficking, identify precursor chemicals and trafficking methods, and process the organized criminal threat to the security of communities. A strong emphasis is placed on intergovernmental cooperation and information sharing among agencies to better address narcotics threats, money laundering and ties to terrorism. This course recognizes that many rural law enforcement officers have limited resources available. These limited resources include a lack of financial availability, equipment, personnel and back-up officers. This course will introduce low-cost or no-cost equipment for accomplishing interdiction missions and provide options when back-up officers are not available.

Topics Included
  • Common law enforcement officer mindset errors and amendments
  • Basic legal aspects concerning the laws of arrest, search and seizure in conjunction with the United States Supreme Court rulings
  • Traffic stop and observational techniques for identification of possible criminal narcotics activity
  • Keys to identifying and disrupting narcoterrorist activities
  • Roadside interviewing techniques including listening skill techniques and answer analysis
  • Clandestine and rolling laboratory identification
  • Identification of the signs of drug impairment in the human body
  • Drug and paraphernalia identification
  • Vehicle search techniques
  • Multijurisdictional and intergovernmental operations 
Course Length
Drug Interdiction Patrol Tactics in Rural Areas is a 3-day (20 hour) course.

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

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