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Roadside Interview Techniques for Drug Trafficking Operations

**This course is formerly known as Roadside Interviews**

Course Description

The purpose of this class is to provide patrol officers with the interviewing fundamentals to identify and target criminal organizations, groups and gangs who transit illegal drugs throughout the United States. The course focuses on interviewing techniques that lead to the detection and interdiction of illicit drugs and other contraband items such as weapons, human trafficking, and bulk cash. As drug and money trafficking has been shown to have a nexus to terrorism, it is essential that law enforcement officers understand the best approach to recognize suspicious individuals and activities during routine traffic stops that could lead to major drug arrests.

This is a four day training program designed for officers who conduct various short term encounters with the public, including officers who conduct traffic stops, respond to service calls, strike team officers focusing on street level criminal organizations. While the course is centered on the importance of treating all people with dignity and respect, officers will gain an understanding of how to uncover drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorism, and other serious criminal activities that threaten the security of the United States.

Topics Included

  • Fundamentals of roadside interviewing
  • Intergovernmental cooperation and communication (i.e., HIDTA, fusion centers)
  • Legal aspects from a law enforcement officer’s perspective
  • Verbal and non-verbal indications of deception and answer analysis
  • Initial traffic stop observations
  • Conducting non-intrusive interviews to identify criminal activities
  • Final assessment of interview
  • Analyzing statements and identifying officer safety concerns

Course Length

Roadside Interview Techniques for Drug Trafficking Operations is a 4-day (32 hour) course.


There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

This event is offered on the following dates

Roadside Interview Techniques for Drug Trafficking Operations
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Friday, January 25, 2019, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Johnston, IA - Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
Waiting List Registration