Methamphetamine & Clandestine Laboratory Training
Course Descriptions

Combating Methamphetamine: Strategies for School Resource Officers, School Administrators, & Teachers.
This 8-hour training program is designed to increase awareness of police School Resource Officers, school administrators, and teachers, about the problems of meth manufacture, addiction, and trafficking. Through a series of lectures and case studies, course participants learn the symptoms of methamphetamine abuse and risk factors to children; intervention strategies that can be used to address methamphetamine issues in schools; and model prevention strategies from other communities. The training will also focus on identifying the signs and hazards of clandestine laboratories.

Supervising Methamphetamine-Related Investigations.
This 16-hour course prepares law enforcement supervisors and managers to address the specialized problems and risks associated with methamphetamine-related investigations and clandestine laboratory enforcement operations. Lectures and case studies are used to introduce students to the specific roles and responsibilities of supervisors who manage clan lab investigations and seizures. Students will also learn the principles of emergency management as related to the safety of enforcement personnel. The training includes information on ways to involve the community in identifying suspected clandestine laboratory operators and sites. Topics include: current issues in clandestine laboratory enforcement, hazards to personnel and the community, compliance with Federal safety rules and regulations, role of the supervisor, investigating clandestine laboratories, raid planning and execution, hazard assessment and control, analyzing the local meth market, building and improving community response programs, and coordinating with outside agencies.

Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement.
This 8-hour course will prepare state and local law enforcement agencies and their communities to address the special problems they may encounter in dealing with clandestine laboratories. Through a series of lectures and case studies, participants learn about the dangers of clandestine laboratories and associated risks to personnel and the community. From an understanding of these issues, students become aware of the importance of involving the community and other agencies to implement a comprehensive enforcement and prevention program. Topics include: background of the clandestine laboratory problem, identifying clandestine laboratories, methamphetamine synthesis and production, suspect and user characteristics, hazards to personnel and the community, investigating clandestine laboratories, and community awareness and involvement.

Clandestine Laboratory Awareness for First Responders.
This 4-hour course is suitable for law enforcement line personnel, firefighters, EMS personnel, and other first responders who may inadvertently come in contact with a clandestine laboratory. Course attendees are given timely and critical information on chemicals and equipment commonly found at clandestine laboratories. More importantly, they are made aware of the hazards associated with clandestine laboratories and actions that should be taken (or not taken) at a suspected lab site. Topics in this course include: history and effects of methamphetamine, characteristics of methamphetamine abuse, chemicals and equipment, and hazards to first responder personnel and the community.

Clandestine Laboratory Recertification.
This 8-hour course is an annual OSHA requirement for all law enforcement officers certified to work at clandestine laboratory sites. It is intended to refresh and update attendees on health and safety issues at clandestine laboratories, and to discuss any new enforcement concerns related to the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine. The course meets the recommended guidelines set by OSHA for the annual refresher training as outlined by 29 CFR 1910.120, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), and by EPA in 40 CFR 311. Course attendees are required to bring their own air purifying regulators (APRs) to the training and conduct a “fit test” of their equipment. Attendees are required to pass a written test as well as the fit test to successfully

Methamphetamine: A Serious Community Hazard.
This 2-hour course is designed to inform community members about the hazards associated with methamphetamine and clandestine laboratories. Attendees are provided with information on the locations, chemicals, and equipment most frequently used to manufacture methamphetamine. More important, community members are shown ways to support their local law enforcement agency’s effort to combat these illicit labs. Topics include: effects of methamphetamine on the community, overview of the clandestine laboratory problem, history and effects of methamphetamine, identifying suspected lab sites, chemicals and equipment, hazards to the community, and collaborating with local law enforcement.

For more information about these training programs, please contact:
Susan McCampbell, President
Center for Innovative Public Policies, Inc.

The Center of Innovative Public Policies, Inc.  |  1880 Crestview Way  |  Naples, Florida 34119-3306
Phone: (239) 597-5906  |