Conducting Complete Traffic Stops

Course Description

This intense two-day course is designed for veterans and newcomers alike. It focuses on the relationship between traffic enforcement and criminal enforcement. Specific techniques are covered to assist officers in detecting criminal activity. Students will receive extensive instruction in roadside interviews and hidden compartments to include hands-on training with vehicles equipped with after market installed false compartments. Students will also participate in mock roadside interviews in an effort to detect deception.

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the relationship between increased traffic enforcement and reduction of crime.
  2. Describe several case studies to show how traffic enforcement reduces crime.
  3. Describe the importance and efficiency of increasing the number of stops and using "looking beyond the traffic ticket" techniques.
  4. Identify various types of traffic violations.
  5. Identify certain indicators of criminal activity.
  6. Describe what these indicators mean.
  7. Describe the importance of articulation and documentation.
  8. Describe reasons and justifications for traffic stops.
  9. Describe and understand pretextual stops.
  10. Describe types of searches.
  11. Describe the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments relevant to traffic stops.
  12. Describe techniques for the officer to use at the stop.
  13. Describe techniques for the driver and the occupants to use at the traffic stop.
  14. Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of some of the imaginative areas criminals use to conceal illegal contraband.
  15. Describe how to safely access these compartments in various vehicles.
  16. Describe how to manufacture a set of "Alligator Clips" to utilize in breaching the hidden compartments.
  17. Identify techniques of evidence handling.
  18. Identify ways to minimize risks from traffic conditions at the stop.
  19. Identify ways to safely interact with the vehicle occupants while making a traffic stop.
  20. Identify the importance of a "passenger side approach."
  21. Identify safety procedures to consider while conducting searches of vehicles.
  22. Identify special commercial motor vehicle safety issues during a stop.
  23. Express personal expectations met during the workshop.
  24. Express constructive criticism to help improve the "Conducting Complete Traffic Stops: A Community Crash and Crime Reduction Effort" workshop.
  25. Describe media issues.
  26. List reasons for continued training.


Course Length

2 days (16 hours)

Who May Attend This Course