Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Video Techniques for Drug Crime Scenes
Tuesday, May 25 - Thursday, May 27, 2021
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Public Safety Training Facility
Directions: 5102 N Swede Ln, Webb City, MO 64870

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This course is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel. 

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

Course Description
Upon completion of this 3-day training program, participants will know how to use video camcorders and associated technology to supplement their work in documenting Narcotics Crime Scenes, Search Warrants and Drug-Related Illegal Activity.  The course will cover the use of video to document drug labs, outdoor grow operations, asset seizures, highway interdiction and drug/human smuggling. These techniques can be used to document all forms of criminal activity including drug-related homicides.

This course stresses hands-on video shooting designed on the premise that participants have little or no experience with video cameras. Numerous student videos will be reviewed thoroughly by the course instructor.

Students will learn how to use their camcorders to document the trace evidence of street drugs and other evidence found through the use of Alternate Light Sources. A night session will teach participants how to use night scopes in conjunction with video cameras to observe drug dealing at night under low light and no light conditions. Students will learn how to use auxiliary lights for both indoor and outdoor crime scenes. A segment on sound will cover the use of camcorders and microphones for interrogation and victim statements, the use of covert audio transmitters and how to knock out unwanted sound. 

Topics Included     

  • Introduction to current video equipment
  • How to make your equipment a force multiplier
  • Documenting rug Crime Scenes, Drug Related Homicides, Drug Search Warrants, Drug Seizures, Highway Interdictions, and Drug Labs.
  • Proper use of automatic and manual focus
  • Proper use of optical and digital zoom
  • Recording evidence-grade video with an Alternate Light Source (ALS)
  • Recording evidence-grade video in low-light and no-light environments
  • Proper use of external equipment including lights, night scopes, and lens filters
  • Recording controlled action to include field interviews, interrogation rooms, and training events
  • Duplication, preservation, and management of analog and digital media
  • Introduction to current covert video equipment including body-worn systems

Course Length
Video Techniques for Drug Crime Scenes is a three-day (24 hour) course. Please note that daily start/end times will shift to accommodate nighttime training scenarios. 

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

Required Equipment
Participants are urged to bring their agency’s video camcorders, tripods and video lights.  The instructor has a limited selection of loaner equipment for those who are unable to provide agency-issued gear.

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