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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

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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.




Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online 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 an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or 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. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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