Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Intermediate Level Intelligence - Connecting the Dots
Monday, May 15 - Friday, May 19, 2023
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau - Golden Rule Building
Directions: 85 7th Place East, St. Paul, MN 55101


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

Course Description

Recognizing that the nature of crime is not static and that criminals are increasingly becoming sophisticated, this intermediate-level training has been designed to enhance skills that provide investigators and intelligence practitioners the means to successfully "connect the dots."
Connecting the Dots was developed as a seamless follow-up to the MCTC course entitled " Introduction to Law Enforcement Intelligence." This 5-day curriculum reveals the "next-level interface" between "operational intelligence" and the support functions it provides to those engaged in investigations involving multiple subjects engaged in multiple crimes. The tactics, strategies, and techniques explored in this course will prepare investigators, analysts, and intelligence practitioners to confidently assess, unravel, develop, and manage the obstacles customarily associated with investigating more developed or evolved criminal targets, schemes, gangs, organized conspiratorial groups, and covert threat groups.

This exceptionally practical, "hands-on" course is intended for those who may be engaged in: supporting protracted criminal investigations; assessing threats;  developing estimates;  preparing case analyses;  market profiles or financial (flow) analyses;  conducting latent criminal investigations; conducting gang monitoring assignments;  vice or drug enforcement;  street crime abatement;  criminal intelligence collection; or serving as a liaison officer in a regional or state fusion centers or multi-agency task forces.

Various analytic techniques (both manual and computerized) are introduced in order to hone the student's ability to examine and organize large volumes of disparate data, and assist them in overcoming the challenges typically  encountered when investigating "seemingly unrelated" crimes and criminal ventures  that involve multiple criminals, engaged over a protracted period of time, traversing jurisdictions, involving multiple victims, complainants,  witnesses and informants / sources, and producing a greater than routine number of exhibits and evidence.  Fortunately, these are challenges that can all be successfully managed utilizing the techniques introduced in this course.    .
In order to demonstrate the efficiency, effectiveness, and practicality of the tactics and techniques  discussed in the class, an interactive "practical" exercise has been added, allowing attendees to "brain-storm" a variety of scenarios and experience the realistic application in real time.

This course is consistent with the 2007 minimum Criminal Intelligence Training Standards for the Criminal Intelligence Officer, as prescribed by the International  Association of Chiefs of Police.
Course Length

Intermediate Intelligence for Narcotics Officers - Connecting the Dots is a 5-day (40 hour) course


Not required, but preferred that students take Introduction to Introduction to Intelligence prior to attending this course

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