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NCJ Number: 228449 Find in a Library
Title: Narcotics Enforcement: Setting Up Rural Narc Teams
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:36  Issue:8  Dated:August 2009  Pages:52,54,57
Author(s): Jerry Carlton
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 5
Type: Technical Assistance
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article outlines steps for initiating a narcotics investigation strategy in a rural setting.
Abstract: Agency heads should first determine whether a controlled-substance problem exists in their jurisdictions. Using surveys, studying arrest statistics, and conversing with adjoining agencies will indicate the problem's severity. Hospitals and counseling centers should also be surveyed. If the jurisdiction is determined to have a substance-abuse problem, an agency must then decide on the most effective investigatory strategy. Rural narcotics investigations must be documented, so there is no doubt that the investigation was conducted in accordance with law and policy. In small agencies, every employee, whether sworn or unsworn, may have a need to know about the investigation and how it is being conducted. In small agencies, one or even a few individuals should not possess vital information that is kept from other employees. Nonsworn personnel in small departments have important responsibilities that contribute directly to the agency's mission. Regarding training in drug investigations, some agencies pool training assets, which involves one officer receiving formal training and then being used to train other agency employees. After the agency has readied itself and its employees to conduct drug investigations, the community must become involved. This includes building media relations and educating the community about the dangers of drugs as well as the signs and symptoms of various drugs. Citizen participation should also be encouraged by training citizens to become the eyes and ears of the police department in recognizing suspicious activity associated with drug use and sales.
Main Term(s): Rural policing
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Needs assessment; Police specialized training; Police training needs assessment; Specialized police operations
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