Tactical Entry to Methemphetamine Laboratories

Course Description

This is a four day course designed for law enforcement officers who are required to make entry and secure a methamphetamine lab prior to the assessment or processing. Classroom instruction includes types of methamphetamine labs, physical and chemical hazards associated with tactical response to methamphetamine labs, and respiratory protection. Raid planning and protective clothing and equipment are also covered in the classroom. Scenario based training follows classroom instruction. During scenario based training students will utilize protective equipment while executing search warrants into suspected lab sites. Respiratory protection consisting of an air purifying respirator or a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) will be used while clearing the house, along with simunition guns.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Describe different manufacturing methods during raid operations
  2. List how to assess, evaluate and control the hazards associated with different lab types during raid operations
  3. Describe the health and safety issues with clandestine laboratory response
  4. Discuss the Occupational Safety Health Administration regulatory issues associated with clandestine laboratory response
  5. Describe the use and limitations of respiratory protection
  6. Describe decontamination techniques
  7. Discuss the importance and application of raid planning
  8. Define hard and soft entries
  9. List sources of intelligence
  10. Discuss fatal force issues specific to a methamphetamine lab entry
  11. Demonstrate the proper precautions when dealing with contaminated suspects/victims
  12. Demonstrate how to safely plan and execute a search warrant into a clandestine laboratory while using an air purifying respirator
  13. Demonstrate how to safely plan and execute a search warrant into a clandestine laboratory while using an SCBA
  14. Demonstrate proper planning and action for a flash fire while making entry into a methamphetamine lab
  15. Demonstrate proper action when confronted with fatal force
  16. Safely plan and execute a search warrant into a mock lab
  17. Take proper precautions with contaminated suspects/victims
  18. Take proper action when confronted with fatal force
  19. Given a mission the student will plan a tactical entry into a methamphetamine lab, write the plan and safely and execute a search warrant into a mock lab

 

Course Length

4 days (32 hours)

Who May Attend This Course