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Law Enforcement Training Opportunities


Agency Contact

   JR Gibson, Agent-in-Charge

   jrgibson@obn.ok.gov  - (405) 524-7619


 

45th Annual Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Investigators Course

September 14-25, 2020 **CLASS IS FULL

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics will be hosting the 45th Annual Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Investigator Course from September 14th to September 25th, 2020.  The course will be held at the OBN headquarters in Oklahoma City and is accredited through CLEET as continuing education.  This course is designed to provide attendees with the foundational skills to conduct drug investigations.  Topics covered will include:  drug identification, use of confidential informants, undercover operations, surveillance operations, prescription drug investigations, clandestine laboratory recognition, and numerous other topics.  This course will involve classroom and scenario based training. 

There is no cost to enroll in this training.  Each attendee must be in an “on duty” status with their agency while in attendance.  Each attendee is responsible for their own lodging and travel expenses while attending the course. 

Class size will be limited to 25 students. 

Please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.ok.gov for an application packet.  You will receive an information packet once accepted to the course.

 


 Highway Drug Investigations for Patrol

**Postponed until further notice**

Description: The primary purpose of Highway Drug Investigations are to detect, interdict, and disrupt the flow of illicit drugs on the nation's highways. It is where the struggle for superiority of the nation's highways takes place, a contest between uniformed officers and the most prolific and dangerous illicit drug traffickers in the world. Emphasis is placed on Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations, the smuggling routes, transportation corridors, and distribution networks in the United States. Confronting the threat to national security, highway interdiction operatives stand as the vanguard in the nation's second line of defense against those who would export illicit activity, lawlessness, and corruption into the United States. 

Topics include:

  • Modus operandi of drug trafficking organizations
  • Detection of drug vehicles
  • Weapons trafficking
  • Vehicular contraband concealment
  • Strategic drug intelligence collection
  • Bulk currency seizures and investigations

Effective strategies designed to disrupt the use of the nation's highways as a delivery system for illicit drugs and weapons

Course Length: 3 days (24 hours)

Prerequisites: None

Tuition/Fees: None

Registration: Registration is restricted to sworn law enforcement and US military. To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.ok.gov


Micro Labs: Fentanyl, One Pot, BHO & Synthetic Hazards and Handling

**Postponed until further notice**

Description: This course is designed to introduce law enforcement officers to the chemistry of domestic micro drug labs in order to better understand the processes and the hazards associated with these labs. This course shall cover safety practices, including the use of various engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment (PPE) hazard controls, to protect law enforcement who handle, sample and dismantle these drug labs.

Topics include:

  • History and national trends of BHO, fentanyl, and one-pot meth labs
  • Drug Trafficking Organization involvement in micro labs
  • Techniques of manufacturing
  • Environmental hazards of manufacturing processes
  • Variations of different micro labs
  • Chemistry of each process
  • Assessment and dismantling procedures
  • Safety procedures
  • Sample and waste packaging and transportation
  • Live demonstration of drug production of one of the following: one-pot meth lab, BHO, or Fentanyl

Course Length: 3 days (24 hours)

Prerequisites: None

Tuition and Fees: None

Registration: Registration is restricted to US military, law enforcement, and emergency first responders. To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.ok.gov


Basic Gang Investigations

**Postponed until further notice**

Description: According to the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center, Gangs are the primary distributors of illicit drugs and are responsible for the majority of crime in jurisdictions across the United States. Gangs are supplied with drugs by transnational criminal organizations (TCO) such as drug cartels and terrorist organizations. They work closely with TCO’s by trafficking and selling drugs, murder, kidnapping, extortion, terrorist operations, narcotics and terrorist financing, human trafficking and other activities that threaten national security. Street gangs, prison gangs, and organized criminal organizations work hand in hand with TCO to achieve their own goals as well as the goals of the TCO. TCO include groups such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah and other nefarious non-state actors. Gangs and their many partners pose a significant threat to the citizens of the U.S., as well as national security interests in the Western hemisphere (Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Peru). Profiteering for terrorists directly threatens U.S. troops in the Middle East.

This unique gang training class exposes a variety of gang issues and their connections to terrorism as well as the financing of terrorist operations that significantly contribute to the insurgency and corruption of Afghanistan and Iraq. This class will illustrate the street level gang members and their terrorist and transnational organized crime partnerships. In turn, students who attend this class will be able to impact upon the influence of TCO and trafficking networks within the U.S. This includes layered, coordinated approaches that disrupt the operations of TCOs, limit their access to funding, reduce their assets, and raise their costs of doing business. This class will increase intergovernmental cooperation to build capacity of agencies to counter the narcotics threats and enhance or develop cooperative mechanisms with law enforcement agencies.  It will maximize both the impact and efficiency of DoD contributions to combating drug trafficking and TCO that pose a national security threat.

Topics include:

  • The partnerships between gangs and Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO)
  • Gangs as a financial threat to US security
  • Gangs supporting drug cartels and terrorists
  • Deciphering gang graffiti
  • Gangs and Officer Safety

Course Length: 3 days (24 hours) 

Prerequisites: None

Tuition and Fees: None

Registration: Registration is restricted to sworn law enforcement and US military. To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.ok.gov


Drug Crime Scene Investigations

**Postponed until further notice**

Description: Crime scenes related to illegal narcotics present unique issues for investigators. Because drug crime scenes could potentially lead to transnational narco-terrorism investigations, specific drug-related crime scene investigation training is essential. Expectations of the public and the courts have risen dramatically over the last several years in the area of physical evidence collection. Working a drug-related crime scene is a process that involves a broad range of skill sets with a heavy emphasis on intelligence analysis, evidence collection, and an understanding of the laboratory analyst's capabilities. Evidence collection and chain of custody are essential to building a case for the successful prosecution of transnational drug trafficking organizations.

The purpose of this course is to train law enforcement personnel, especially counternarcotic officers with the skills needed to locate, identify, document, collect and preserve any crime scene evidence with an emphasis on drug-related evidence. Drug related cases can also lead to other crimes such as thefts, robberies, arson, shootings and even homicides.  Upon completion of this training, the student will possess the fundamental skills necessary to process any crime scene and collect a variety of different types of physical evidence, and in particular, drug-related crime scenes.

Topics include:

  • Crime scene management, measurement, and search methods
  • Evidence recognition, collection, preservation, and packaging
  • Fundamentals of digital crime scene photography techniques and a thorough understanding of camera and flash operations
  • Drug-related evidence photography and surveillance photography techniques
  • Processing drug evidence and packing materials
  • Biological evidence
  • Trace evidence (hairs/fibers, clothing, gunshot residue, etc.)
  • Firearms evidence
  • Latent prints & AFIS
  • Footwear, tire track, and tool mark impressions

Course Length: 5 days (40 hour)

Prerequisites: None

Requirements: Students should wear appropriate casual clothing for practical exercises conducted both inside and outdoors. PLEASE NOTE: clothing may become soiled or damaged during these exercises due to weather conditions and/or chemicals. Students are also asked to bring approximately 12 different items to be processed for fingerprints. These should include flat, curved, smooth, textured, porous, nonporous, glass, plastic, etc. Anything that you might encounter as evidence during your investigation. Students are asked to bring the following equipment to the first day of class:

  • Digital camera (DSLR preferred) capable of using off camera flash
  • Off camera flash with remote cord (to connect to camera)
  • Instruction manuals for the camera and flash
  • Memory card/digital media camera
  • Batteries for camera and flash
  • Flashlight
  • Tripod (if available)
  • Basic evidence kit (latent processing)

Tuition and Fees: None

Registration: Registration is restricted to sworn law enforcement and US military. To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.ok.gov


Science Based Drug Education

**Postponed until further notice**

Description: Science Based Drug Education (SBDE) provides substance abuse prevention specialists, substance abuse treatment personnel, School Resource Officers, School Resource Deputies, Community Trainers and National Guard Drug Demand Reduction personnel with an anti-drug abuse curriculum based on scientific research. SBDE is a research-based presentation on various drugs and their effect on the human body and behavior. It also documents some of the social issues that the drugs create and involve. SBDE helps to alert communities to warning signs and drug trends.

Anti-drug abuse education is critical for organizations, schools, and communities to be proactive against illicit drugs. SBDE is ideal for military and law enforcement personnel who are building both internal drug prevention training as well as interacting with external organizations and communities. This class is also ideal for professionals of any type of organization dealing with youth between 10-17 years of age. The SBDE curriculum provides attendees with tools to build their own presentation to fit their presentation style.

To graduate, students will be required to give a five minute presentation over one of the course topics.

Topics include:

  • Drug categories
  • Gateway theory
  • Basic brain processes
  • How drugs affect the brain
  • Marijuana
  • Synthetics
  • Drug Recognition

Course Length: 3.5 days (28 hours)

Prerequisites: None

Tuition and Fees: None

Registration: Registration is restricted to military, law enforcement, prevention, treatment, education, and healthcare providers. To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.ok.gov

Interesting Facts

  • Training Facility:
  • OBN Headquarters
  • 419 NE 38th Terrace
  • OKC, Oklahoma 73105