Top Gun: Undercover Drug Investigation

Course Description

Top Gun employs a mix of mediums to enhance learning. The course is built around a straightforward fact scenario. The student will hear lectures and mini-lectures from experts on both the legal principles and the practical aspects of the topics. Immediately following each lecture, students will participate in small group workshops, where they will have the opportunity to apply the fact scenario to the principles just learned.

There are two distinct parts of this course with segments focusing on the investigation of a drug case, pre-trial issues, and the mock-trial segments. The student will hear lectures and participate in workshops in both portions of the course. In the investigative portion, the workshops are primarily discussion groups where students will also participate in skill-building exercises. These workshops will be led by a faculty coordinator. Topics covered in this course of instruction include:


Course Objectives

If you are a prosecutor, by the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specific techniques for controlling criminal informants.
  2. Describe reasons why police use various investigative techniques.
  3. List innovative and effective strategies for charging defendants.
  4. Receive and utilize updated search and seizure information.
  5. Examine search warrants.
  6. Participate with investigators in the planning and execution of search warrants.
  7. Participate with investigators in conducting foot and vehicular surveillance.
  8. Participate in tactical firearms training exercises with a police officer as a partner to gain an appreciation of stresses attached to the tactical use of firearms.
  9. Describe investigators' concerns.
  10. Describe specific techniques of controlling criminal informants.
  11. Explain how decisions you make while investigating the case can win or lose trials.
  12. Execute a search warrant.
  13. List innovative and effective strategies for charging defendants.
  14. Perform foot and vehicular surveillance.
  15. Demonstrate interview and interrogation skills.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge of search and seizure law.
  17. Describe prosecutors' concerns.
  18. Describe forfeiture and money laundering techniques.



Due to the nature of this course of instruction a specific state-level sponsor is required and the course will be specific to that state. A dedication of instructional resources from the supporting state is necessary, particularly in the area of legal aspects of the investigations.

Course Length

6 days (44 hours)

Who May Attend This Course

Note: Student selections are made by the respective state agency sponsoring the course, not NCTC.