ROCIC 2019 Spring Membership Information Sharing and Training Conference 

Course Descriptions

Legalization of Marijuana and the Impacts 

This course will cover the overview of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado; it will include a factual look at the impact that legalization of marijuana has had on the state and how if further legalized what issues could arise. After Colorado legalized marijuana for both “medical” and recreational purposes it continues to have numerous adverse consequences. This presentation is a fast paced look at the evolving impact that the legalization of marijuana is having not only in the specific state of Colorado but how these issues have flooded into the rest of the country.

Surviving the Interdiction Stop 

Attendees will receive extensive power-packed instruction in the latest and safest approaches to motor-vehicle traffic stops designed to apprehend organized gang members, felony cigarette smugglers and major drug-traffickers.  Through the eyes of real in-car camera footage, specialized instruction will be received in high-risk traffic stops and roadside interview techniques, designed to detect deceptive behavior such as; verbal cues, non-verbal cues, imminent danger and possible flight.

Instruction on proper canine deployment will be provided to attendees with special emphasis on identifying concealment methods being utilized by gang members, drug-traffickers and cigarette smugglers.  As Traffic Stops increase, so does the probability that an officer will identify other criminal activity and be confronted with a potentially dangerous and/or deadly situation.  Surviving the complete traffic stop workshop consists of eight modules.  The modules will be presented together, but not necessarily in the following order;

·         Introduction

·         Indicators and Detection Methods

·         Legal Considerations

·         Roadside Interview Techniques

·         Professionalism at the Traffic Stop

·         Passenger Vehicle Concealment Locations

·         Review of Officer Safety Issues

·         Conclusion


Parcel Interdiction Resources and Strategies 

This presentation will give an overview of why parcel carriers are used by the criminal element to ship narcotics and money.  It will also indicate successful approaches that can be used by law enforcement personnel to determine if packages or parcels may contain narcotics as well as methods for using a canine to identify packages in a parcel facility that comply with Fourth Amendment standards.  Attendees will learn the current trends of shipping narcotics through parcel carriers as well as important factors to maximize potential of successful “controlled delivery”.  An important element is being able to establish a working relationship with parcel carriers, these techniques will be discussed in detail.

Emerging Trends in Human Trafficking 

This course will focus on the Law Enforcement and victim mindset in relation to human trafficking as well as domestic prostitution and the pimp mindset. The instructor will cover on the methods of control when conducting this type of investigation.  This session will also discuss the interaction between Law Enforcement, Children’s Services and Non-Profit Organizations as it pertains to human trafficking.

Gangs and the Military 

Military-trained gang members (MTGMs) have received military training such as tactics, weapons, explosives, or equipment, and the use of distinctive military skills. Gangs with military-trained members often pose an ongoing and persistent military and political threat. The intersection of MTGMs and criminal insurgencies threatens national security and communities, undermining the economic and political foundations of local and state government. These criminal organizations often behave like insurgents, engaging in governance to support the illicit marketplace or acting in police or social roles in the community. We will address the history of gangs and the military, address some of the laws and practices designed to limit their existence and evaluate the current threat.

Navigating Undercover Stressors 

At the conclusion of training, the candidates will be able to: properly identify stressors associated with being a primary UCE on long term UCOs stemming from adverse events, travel, case team oversight, family absence, backstopping deficiencies, technical difficulties and takedown anticipation. As well as understand when working in an undercover capacity, one has the probability of being involved in dangerous situations. More efficient ways to gather evidence and maintain rapport in difficult undercover situations will also be reviewed and described in detail.

Attendees will learn the adverse effects of failing to decompress (i.e. Relax) from accumulative stress and set “tripwires” to identify stress build-up and develop a strategy to decompress. The block covers undercover stressors/pitfalls and lessons learned over a three year period as observed through the eyes of the undercover employee.

Advanced Search and Seizure 

The course will focus on the application of the Fourth Amendment as it relates to advanced police officers in what they encounter during narcotic and gang investigations.  As to warrantless search and seizure, the course will address:

1.         Probable cause

2.         Reasonable suspicion

3.         Expert testimony

4.         Consent

5.         Vehicle searches

6.         Documentation and report writing

As to search warrants, the course will address the basic requirements of search warrants and the frequent deficiencies along with a method to capture such defects.  The course will be supplemented by a PowerPoint and multiple handouts and aids.