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Drug Unit Commander   

IPTM’s Drug Unit Commander course presents both basic and advanced investigative and management concepts for supervisors who are, or soon will be, commanders of drug law enforcement units. This course will give you the foundation to manage the unique personnel and complex cases that are typical of drug investigations, while protecting the credibility and integrity of your agency.

From the basics of unit organization and budgets to the advanced concepts of undercover operations and task force management, we will explore sensitive and critical areas of the investigation and management of drug cases. You’ll also learn the issues surrounding such topics as simulated drug use by investigators, employee drug testing, and managing liability risks.

Topics Include

  • Overview of illicit drug traffic
  • Organization and management of a drug unit
  • Selection and evaluation of drug unit members
  • Integrity problems - corruption issues
  • Stress and stress-related issues of undercover operations
  • Drug agent evaluations and burn out
  • Task force and inter-agency relationships
  • Drug unit policy formulation
  • Managing the undercover operation
  • Management of confidential funds
  • Case studies
  • Roundtable discussions


Drug unit supervisors and command staff, experienced narcotics investigators, supervisors who wish to improve their skills in unit management and investigators with supervisory responsibility

This class is restricted to sworn law enforcement officers and those personnel assigned directly to law enforcement agencies.

Course Length

40 hours

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “I am a new commander over narcotics division and I have had several years of experience in investigations but none dealing with drugs. The instructors were dynamic instructors with a wealth of knowledge and experience. They were patient and very professional. They provided me an excellent foundation to oversee our drug division.” – C.T.
  • “Normally you take a few things away from a course. I’m going home with four pages of notes full of questions and comments for my agency. This course is definitely worth your time.” – L.T.
  • “Excellent course. I learned a lot. Instructors have a vast experience in the topics and were able to address individual issues presented by classmates.” – Dep. Chief B.P.
  • “Eye opening information. This is an excellent course of instruction for a brand-new supervisor of a narcotic unit.” – Sgt. C.S.
  • “It's a luxury when you have instructors that have clearly done the job they are instructing. The class and concepts were presented in a clear, concise way.”  – Cpl. C.H.
  • “Great course. Every topic was beneficial. I will be sending all my narc supervisors to this class.” – Capt. P.S.


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