Course Descriptions

The WRCTC delivers relevant, operational-level training to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations in support of national priorities, and serves as a force multiplier in the global narcotics threat and transnational organized crime reduction efforts.

What We offer:

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Analytical Tradecraft for Law Enforcement
Course Description: This course sets a foundation in intelligence analysis and integration into law enforcement operations. The course focuses on the fundamentals of analysis, the intelligence cycle, and intelligence analysis. These classes provide students with an introduction to the analytical process, critical thinking, and tools necessary to conduct analysis. Students will receive a basic overview of Open Source/Social Media Analysis, Law Enforcement Effects Based Planning, and Introduction to Threat Finance Analysis. These skills aid law enforcement and law enforcement support in providing effective actionable intelligence to strategic and operational initiatives.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 3 days / 24 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement and Analysts



Critical Thinking
Course Description: This course will introduce students to the core elements of critical thinking and structured analytic techniques distilled from decades of research in neuroscience and psychology of intelligence analysis. Course curriculum is drawn from U.S. Army intelligence analysis doctrine, the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Following the course, students will be able to identify and describe elements and standards of thought, intellectual traits necessary for critical thinking, logical fallacies, and biases. Students will also be able to select appropriate structured analytic techniques to solve analytic problems, and will have resources to drive further professional self-development in critical thinking.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 1 day / 8 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, Corrections, Community Based Organizations, and Military



Mission Planning
Course Description: This course applies military mission planning techniques to law enforcement operations, and is individually tailored in order to help create planning solutions specific to a law enforcement organization’s needs. This course also provides military planning tools and practical guidance that will help students become organized decision managers and mission leaders. The course introduces general frameworks to help students plan any mission and lead their teams/organizations to success. Upon course completion, the students will be able to develop Contingency Plans (SOPs), Leading Procedures (TLPs), Tactical Decision Making Process (TDMP), Mission Plans (OPORDs), Risk Management, and Post Mission Analysis (PMA). This course is designed to be highly experiential, hands-on, and specific class content will be shaped to be suitable for your organization’s needs.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 4 days / 32 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement and Military



Law Enforcement Effects-Based Planning
Course Description: This course is an introduction to applying targeting principles utilized by the US military for law enforcement operations. Targeting is the process of combining intelligence, planning, and operations in order to identify and prioritize targets for engagement in order to achieve the leadership’s objective. The Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment (IPOE) is also introduced which is the process of systematically understanding the environment and the activities and entities within the environment. The targeting process can be employed by law enforcement to target organized criminal organizations and activities. Upon completion of this course students will be able to apply targeting fundamentals, principles, and product development to aid in case development and investigations. By utilizing principles of targeting in law enforcement activities you can identify how to maximize your effects with the resources you have available within your organization in combating organized criminal organizations and activity.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 2 days / 16 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement and Analysts



Influencing Networks
Course Description: This course is designed as an introduction to understanding, describing, and dissecting threat networks through a methodical process. This course introduces a full understanding of how
to analyze and conduct social network analysis, how to find vulnerabilities in a network, understanding the operational and information environment (jurisdiction), creating a target package, different types of critical thinking techniques, how to analyze communication, identify deceptions, have a basic understand of what and how individuals are influenced, and display a comprehensive approach to engage and influence friendly, threat, and neutral networks. This course will also introduce students on how to engage with the local community with social media, discover investigative leads through social media and open source tools, and as well as, how to submit subpoenas to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Upon course completion, students will have a very thorough understanding of how a network operates, and how to engage them through proper analysis.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 2 Day/ 16 Hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement and Analysts



Introduction to Threat Finance Analysis
Course Description: This course introduces students to the value of money and how threat actors generate, move, store and use it. The course develops the student’s understanding of threat finance covering threat finance fundamentals, money laundering defined, money laundering methods, financial system vulnerabilities, and financial intelligence support. Students will be introduced to the various record keeping databases in support of a financial investigation and practical exercises that introduce students to the real life applicability of threat finance. Upon course completion, students will be able to describe and discuss threat finance fundamentals, common and more advanced money laundering techniques and schemes, and identify tools available to law enforcement and law enforcement support personnel to aid in financial investigations.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 3 days / 24 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, Corrections, Military, and Community Based Organizations



Tactical Medicine for Law Enforcement
Course Description: This course is designed to provide law enforcement officers and other prehospital providers with an understanding how to respond to and care for patients in a civilian tactical environment. The course focuses on the primary interventions provided for the leading causes of preventable death. Utilizing a mix of classroom presentation and hands on skill practice, attendees will be exposed to a unique training environment which will enable them to provide basic life sustaining treatments in a hostile environment. The content of this course follows the guidelines established by the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) and the National Tactical Emergency Medical Support Competency Domains.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 2 days / 16 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Military



Gracie Defense Tactics for Military / Law Enforcement
Course Description: This course is designed to develop law enforcement officer’s individual defensive tactical skills. The course will introduce officers to various methods of effective control and defensive hand to hand combat skills including effective ground control, maintaining a proper fighting stance, proper defense against an offenders strikes, proper striking technique using upper and lower extremities,
takedown techniques, and controlling the range, angle, and level of a fight. Upon course completion, students will have obtained the skills necessary to better defend themselves from assault.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 3 days / 24 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Military



Basic Patrolling
Course Description: Introduces Law Enforcement the basics and fundamentals of patrolling in a classroom environment. Students will validate what they have learned in a field practical exercise supervised by instructors. Students will demonstrate group movement formations, hand and arm signals, crossing a linear danger area, and conducting proper link-up while maintaining security.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 1 day / 8 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement and Military



Range Estimation
Course Description: This course will provide the student with techniques to properly estimate range both with the naked eye and through the use of optics. The course will include a field exercise permitting students to apply these techniques in a practical setting. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to properly utilize multiple range estimation techniques to accurately assess range up to and beyond 800M.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 1 day / 8 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement and Military



Open Source/ Social Media Analysis
Course Description: This course introduces students to the use of free online resources to assist with their investigations. The goal of this course is to teach students to find the necessary information in order to prevent and/or solve crimes; as well as well as on how to submit subpoenas/warrants to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 1 day / 4 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, Corrections, Military, and Community Based Organizations



Basic Russian for Law Enforcement
Course Description: This basic level course equips law enforcement officers to read and pronounce essential commands and phrases in Russian appropriate for the law enforcement environment. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to provide guidance to offenders and victims and also to deescalate tense situations. Questions are provided in a fashion that only requires “yes/no” answers or answers that are easily recognizable (address/nationality, etc). Insights are also provided regarding cultural and crime dynamics within the Russian-speaking community.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 1 day / 8 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysists, Corrections, Community Based Organizations, and Military



Land Navigation
Course Description: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to navigate terrain, read a map and imagery, and plot points utilizing a GPS which they can employ in their area of operations.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 2 days / 16 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement and Military



Methamphetamine Investigations
Course Description: This course equips counternarcotics officers with the knowledge to conduct meth investigations involving domestic and international traffickers; covers meth and transnational narcotics organizations, precursor/chemical diversion, and hands-on training in the identification of narcotics and other dangerous drugs and paraphernalia which they will likely encounter in their law enforcement duties.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 4 days / 32 hours
5 days / 40 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, Corrections



Opioid Awareness
Course Description: The sudden rise of heroin and prescription opioid deaths, both nationally and throughout the Commonwealth, has presented a unique challenge to local communities. The Opioid Awareness Seminar, designed for educators, administrators and faculty members, focuses on national, statewide and local trends relating to both heroin and prescription opioids. Overdose awareness, recognizing a potential addiction and community prevention/treatment programs will also be discussed providing a realization of how the opioid epidemic can affect the school environment and the community.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 2 day / 16 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, Corrections, Community Based Organizations, and Military



Heroin Awareness
Course Description: This course is for law enforcement officers to gain an awareness of the heroin drug problem in our communities. It will cover the history, types of heroin and its effects, methods of use,
diverted opiates as alternatives, and treatment options for addicts. In addition, Investigators receive hands-on training in the identification of narcotics and other dangerous drugs and paraphernalia which they will likely encounter in their law enforcement duties.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 1 days / 8 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, Corrections, Community Based Organizations, and Military



Interview & Interrogation Techniques
Course Description: This course will enable law enforcement professionals to enhance their ability to gain information and determine the truth through the interview process. Students will be introduced to deception analysis of both non-verbal and verbal communication. Following the course, students will be comfortable with using personality to build rapport, detecting deception and systematic interviewing techniques.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 1 day / 8 hours
2 days / 16 hours
3 days / 24 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement and Corrections



Surveillance for Counternarcotic Investigations
Course Description: This course introduces students to applicable foot and mobile surveillance techniques; additionally a wide range of inherent operational considerations. The goal of this course is to enable class participants to effectively utilize basic physical surveillance skill sets in a dynamic team environment. Upon course completion, students will be able to properly participate and lead cost-effective surveillance operations in changing environments while remaining secure and discreet. This is an UNCLASSIFIED course taught as a basic set of fundamentals without the use of classified tradecraft.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 3 days / 24 hours
4 days / 32 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, and Military



PenLink – PLX 101
Course Description: This course is designed for the average user who has just begun to use PLX. The primary focus of this course is to provide an overview of the functionality of the software and to share best practices on how to use it. This course emphasizes hands-on experience, where students work in groups to resolve real-life case scenarios. In addition, this course assists users who are migrating
from PenLink 8 to PLX.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 2 days / 16 hours
Who May Attend: NGB Counterdrug Analysts



Cellebrite
Course Description: Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME) is a capstone certification process designed to assess comprehensive knowledge and practical skills. The CCME examination is not a training
course, it is designed for experienced examiners with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills assessments. Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA) course is an advanced level certification that certifies participants have gained knowledge and practical skills using UFED Physical Analyzer software conduct advanced analysis on mobile devices, including advanced search and analysis techniques to verify and validate findings. This class will also introduce students how to generate reports on technical findings.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 5 days / 40 hours
Who May Attend: NGB Counterdrug Analysts



Microsoft Excel and Access for Law Enforcement
Course Description: This course provides basic instruction on how to use Microsoft Access and Excel for Law Enforcement. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand how to navigate and manipulate the tools and functions of Excel and Access; create and update basic electronic spreadsheets, workbooks, use formulas and functions for completing calculations (e.g. dates, times, account information, phone numbers); format worksheets, produce charts, and use Excel tables; upload Excel spreadsheets into Access to generate documents; perform searches on entire database.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 2 days / 16 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, Corrections, Community Based Organizations, and Military



Drug Identification
Course Description: The course will educate and supply information regarding the preliminary field identification of illegal and diverted legal drugs, as well as associated paraphernalia to law enforcement
personnel. The course should serve as a tool and aid in the identification of drugs, aimed at the reduction of usage an illicit sale. The course provides for definitions of basic drug terminology and the scheduling of drugs based on Controlled Substance ACT (CSA). Information will be provided on the chemical make-up of controlled substances as well as the manner in which they are produced for human consumption. This course will describe the manner in which the controlled substances are introduced into the human body and physical reactions caused by their use.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 2 days / 16 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, Corrections, Community Based Organizations, and Military



Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy Courses
Course Description: These courses will instruct military personnel with D/MM forensic lab services, cyber technical training, vulnerability sharing, technical solutions development, and cyber analysis for the following DoD mission areas: Cybersecurity (CS) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Law Enforcement and Counterintelligence (LE/CI), Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX), and Counterterrorism (CT).
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 5 days / 40 hours
Who May Attend: Military



Naval Postgraduate School Analytical Courses
Course Description: These courses provide instruction of SNA methodologies, tools, and understanding the organizational dynamics of a criminal or terrorist network and how best to exploit it as an
analytical technique.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 5 days / 40 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Analysts, Military



Basic Law Enforcement Support and Analysis
Course Description: This course provides basic instruction on investigative case and analysis support to law enforcement. The curriculum focuses on analyst duties and responsibilities, information research, link analysis, financial and commodity flow analysis, criminal event and activity analysis, communications analysis, analytical product development, as well as information management and dissemination techniques.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 6 days / 48 hours
Who May Attend: NGB Counterdrug Analysts



Advanced Law Enforcement Support and Analysis
Course Description: This course provides advanced instruction on investigative case and analysis support to law enforcement. The curriculum focuses on techniques utilized in the analysis of criminal activities, converting raw data into valid and actionable case insight, structured analytic thinking and critical thinking in the analysis process, collaboration and deconfliction strategies, and analytic product development. A complicated criminal case scenario is incorporated into the course presentation, and provides students with the opportunity to convert raw data into valid case information which may be presented to senior law enforcement personnel for use in counter narcotics investigations.
Prerequisites: Minimum of one year after successfully completing Basic Law Enforcement Support and Analysis
Course Length: 10 days / 80 hours
Who May Attend: NGB Counterdrug Analysts



Common Faculty Development – Instructor Course
Course Description: This is a competency-based course: the learning objectives are based on internationally recognized instructor competencies published by the International Board of Standards for
Training, Performance, and Instruction (IBSTPI). The course prepares new faculty to teach, train, and facilitate learning in an adult learning environment. It introduces new faculty to Army instructor roles and responsibilities, teaching and learning models, and professional and ethical requirements. The course also introduces classroom management techniques, the process for building learning objectives and lesson plans, and characteristics of effective communication.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 10 days / 80 hours
Who May Attend: Military



Personnel and Administration
Course Description: This course provides standardized instruction of the personnel duties and responsibilities for the National Guard’s Counterdrug Program. Students will be given an introduction to Counterdrug Personnel and Administrative requirements, instructed in general governing rules, orders processes, Travel/Training, Eligibility, Packet, and Medical Requirements, Leave, end of tour considerations (i.e. early release, Separation Pay, and Sanctuary) and provided an overview of FTSMCS Tools. Students will develop an understanding of their role as administrators within the Counterdrug Program, administrative support roles, and the necessary skills for effective personnel management. After successfully completing this course students will be certified to conduct personnel and administrative actions for CD missions.
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 5 days / 40 hours
Who May Attend: NGB Counterdrug Members Assigned to a 1A Position