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Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Introduction to Intelligence for Law Enforcement
Wednesday, April 21 - Friday, April 23, 2021

Course Start Times are listed below for each Time Zone:

Pacific: 0700 AM
Mountain: 0800 AM
Central: 0900 AM
Eastern: 1000 AM

Please check into the ZOOM classroom at least 1 half hour before the course start time

MCTC Distance Learning Requirements

 1. An internet enabled device with a webcam and microphone
 2. A valid physical (no P.O. boxes) mailing address to ship course materials
 3. Valid phone number incase of technical difficulties

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 restricted to US military and law enforcement personnel.

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

Course Description
Introduction to Intelligence is specifically developed to provide criminal justice and military personnel with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts, processes and disciplines associated with modern law enforcement criminal intelligence. This introductory course addresses intelligence matters, primarily from a broader operational point of view in order to more effectively carry out the national and international counterdrug mission of disrupting, disabling, and/or dismantling drug markets, traffickers, networks, financiers, terrorists, and all conspirators who aid and abet them.

The training focuses on a disciplined, systematic process for transforming raw information into useful and timely intelligence, known as the intelligence cycle. The training explores each component of the intelligence cycle, from target identification and selection, data collection, evaluation, collation, analysis, to proper documentation and dissemination. A more protracted perspective is emphasized, allowing for the examination of the behavior and activities of the conspiratorial from the stage of the initial planning, through the crime act, up to and including the flow of finances derived from the criminal activity. The broader perspective and process (intelligence cycle) enhances the ability to identify both the obvious, as well as the conspiratorial relationships common amongst street gangs, drug dealers, retailers, wholesalers, importers, and the numerous others linked to the trafficking networks.

The use of various skills, tools, techniques, disciplines and proven intelligence methods, both manual and electronic, will be discussed. Numerous computerized resources to conduct open source gathering, data mining, research, data management and research and networking will also be discussed and demonstrated, supporting the whole-of-government approach in networking, sharing, and fostering intelligence missions. A combination of criminal justice, military and corporate resources will be discussed and demonstrated.

Topics Included

  • Criminal Intelligence Fundamentals
  • The Intelligence Cycle and Intelligence-Led Policing
  • Focus on Crime, Criminals, Threats, Patterns, Trends, & Modus Operandi
  • Conspiratorial Relationships...Organizational Structure, Networks & Associations
  • Awareness of Ethnic Criminals, Transnational Networks, and National Security Threats
  • Identifying and Targeting the Drug Nexus
  • Intelligence: Types and Applications (Statistical, Tactical, Operational & Strategic)
  • Operational Intelligence in Support of Criminal Investigations
  • Collection of Data: Criteria, Techniques, Covert & Overt Methods
  • Covert Collection Operations
  • Financial Data Collection...Follow the Money
  • Techniques & Methodologies for Refuse Collection, Analysis & Storage
  • Considerations for Electronic Collection
  • Focus on Communications Collection: Telephonic, E-mails, Text Messages
  • Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
  • Computerized Intelligence Aids and Resources
  • Open Source Research / Data Mining
  • Exploring Intelligence Aids, Resources & Assistance
  • Partnerships: Criminal Justice, Government, Military, & Corporate
  • Logical Data Management Goals and Techniques
  • Collation: Data Organization & Management Techniques
  • Graphic Data Management: Typology & Methodology
  • Financial Analysis Data Collection and Techniques
  • The Initial Analytical Function
  • Legal: Ethics, Case Law and Criteria for Data Collection
  • Safeguards of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments Useful Intelligence: Counterdrug Related Briefings

Course Length
Introduction to Law Enforcement Intelligence is a 3-day (24 hour) course.

There are no prerequisites to attend this course

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