Hotel/Motel Parcel Interdiction

Course Description

Across the nation, highly trained law enforcement officers are seizing large quantities of narcotics and currency from persons involved in the drug trade. Due to a large consumer market, narcotics are routinely transported across the United States. Over the years, several narcotic interdiction programs have been developed to stem the flow of drugs across each state. Programs at airports, train terminals, bus stations, parcel delivery companies, car rental agencies, hotels/motels and highways have been implemented. Each type of program has specific indicators of criminal activity and investigative methods. This training will focus on hotel/motel and parcel interdiction. In addition, the training will provide an update on legal and constitutional issues related to each interdiction technique.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the exclusionary rule and recite how the rule applies to Fourth Amendment searches and seizures.
  2. Identify each of the five reasons why a law enforcement officer is able to stop a person under the Fourth Amendment.
  3. Identify the test used by the courts to justify the length of an investigative detention.
  4. Recite each of the three reasons justifying a protective frisk of a person.
  5. List each of the three reasons why an officer is authorized to conduct a search incident to a lawful arrest.
  6. Identify each of the three requirements established by the courts to justify a motor vehicle probable cause search.
  7. Recite the standard established by the courts to permit a drug-sniffing canine to sniff a motor vehicle.
  8. Identify each of the two reasons to justify a plain view seizure.
  9. Recite the standard required by the courts to permit a law enforcement officer to conduct a plain feel of a suspect.
  10. List each of the three reasons justifying an inventory of a motor vehicle or property encountered by law enforcement officers.
  11. Recite each of the four burdens that must be shown by a prosecutor to permit a consent search to be conducted by a law enforcement officer.
  12. List each of the two different theories on how to start a hotel and motel interdiction unit.
  13. Recite each of the four steps on how to conduct an investigation related to hotel and motel interdiction.
  14. Identify each of the twelve indicators of criminal activities that can be used by hotel and motel front desk or staff personnel to determine if an individual may be engaged in suspicious activity related to criminal behavior.
  15. Identify each of the seven indicators of criminal activities that can be used by hotel and motel housekeeping or maintenance personnel to determine if an individual may be engaged in suspicious activity related to criminal behavior.
  16. Identify each of the twenty-six indicators of criminal activities suggested by the hotel liaison group that can be used by law enforcement personnel to determine if an individual may be engaged in suspicious activity related to criminal behavior.
  17. Recite each of the four steps on how to conduct an investigation related to hotel and motel interdiction.
  18. List each of the three reasons why parcel carriers are utilized by the criminal element to ship narcotics and monies.
  19. Identify each of the seventeen indicators that can be used by law enforcement personnel to determine if packages or parcels may contain contraband.
  20. Identify each of the nine steps that should be conducted to ensure a successful and professional "controlled delivery" of the suspected package to its destination.

 

Prerequisites

All students attending this course must be law enforcement officers or narcotics enforcement agents. Uniformed officers, detectives and undercover law enforcement officers can attend the course. No special experience or educational requirements are needed.

Course Length

2 days (16 hours)

Who May Attend This Course