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Criminal Patrol and Contraband Concealment Investigations  

This course will teach you how to safely and legally conduct criminal patrol and interdiction activities and locate contraband hidden within vehicles. Much more than just looking beyond the traffic stop, this course will explore the entire process from initiating the traffic stop to locating and securing the evidence.

You will learn how to investigate deeper using the basic techniques of roadside interviews and how to recognize body language that may indicate criminal activity or a threat to your safety. The laws surrounding search and seizure will be examined including probable cause and consent searches.

We will also show you how to identify the hidden compartments that exist naturally in vehicles and those that have been mechanically installed by smugglers. You will learn how to gain access to these compartments without destroying the contraband and how to properly collect, preserve, and process the evidence while maintaining the chain of custody.

Topics Include

  • Smuggling techniques
  • Criminal patrol procedures and practices
  • Legal issues involving stops, citizen contacts, searches and seizures
  • Characteristics of smugglers
  • Evidence collection and crime scene processing
  • Roadside interviewing and interrogation techniques
  • Vehicle search techniques
  • Body language and stress
  • Traffic stops and officer safety
  • Detecting hidden compartments


Patrol officers, specialized units that actively perform traffic stops and supervisors of units that actively perform traffic stops

Course Length

32 hours


Criminal Patrol and Contraband Concealment Investigations
    9/16/2019 - 9/19/2019 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $725.00
Hotel and Location Information:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224
Instructor(s): Harry Walters

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online at and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for a class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you.

Please do not make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit the Locations/Lodging tab on our website at or call us at (904) 620-4786.