WHAT: Lee County Emergency Management will be sponsoring: Marijuana Grow Investigations – Indoor and Outdoor
WHERE: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY, 4312 Michigan Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905
WHEN: 2 DAY CLASS 8:30 AM – 5:00PM September 12th and 13th 2012
HOW: To register visit the Lee County Emergency Management Training http://www.leeeoc.com/training/ or Click Here to Register
SPECIAL NOTE: This training is provided by the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training Program, a division of the Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College.
Target AUDIENCE: This is not limited to sworn personnel.
This course is designed to provide first responders with the knowledge to recognize the possibility or presence of an indoor or outdoor marijuana grow operation. Local first responders and public safety support personnel are encouraged to attend this session; it is recommended for Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Arson Investigators, Probation and Parole, Corrections, Communications/Dispatch, Division of Family Services, Social Services, Department of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, and Community /Volunteer personnel.
Designed to equip investigating officers and support personnel with the tools necessary to detect, prosecute and testify in indoor and/or outdoor marijuana grow operation cases. Attendees will learn how to locate and safely investigate indoor marijuana grow operations. This course will also include information on booby traps that may present safety challenges for all first responders, signs of power and utilities theft that public works personnel may observe and indications of illegal narcotics sales/use that neighborhood volunteers should be made aware of.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Gain awareness of US statutes related to marijuana use, manufacture and distribution along with additional federal codes that may be employed in the prosecution of such cases.
- Understand the trends in marijuana use, its effects and social views over time.
- Identify the strains of the cannabis plant, grow factors and the plant life cycle.
- Identify the equipment used in the indoor grow operation and the probable cause generated by its use.
- Develop a working knowledge of indoor grow operations.
- Describe techniques for investigating structures suspected of indoor grow operations.
- Develop a working knowledge of outdoor grow operations.
- Describe techniques for investigating outdoor grow operations.
- Gain an awareness of aerial marijuana spotting techniques.
- Understand marijuana eradication techniques.
- Identify critical elements necessary for drafting an affidavit for a search warrant.
- Describe strategies for giving credible court testimony in marijuana cultivation cases.
Overview of topics
Introduction and Laws
Marijuana Use, Effects and Social Views
Indoor Grow Equipment
Indoor Grow Operations
Indoor Grow Investigations
Outdoor Grow Operations
Outdoor Grow Investigations
Search Warrants and Legal Considerations
Case File Preparation
- Upon completion of the course, participants will be familiar with cultivation trends in the United States and will be able to identify the signs that indicate the presence of an indoor or outdoor grow operation. The course will emphasize the skills necessary to draft an affidavit for a search warrant and give credible testimony in criminal trials. Further, investigators will be taught investigative techniques to successfully disrupt and prosecute the violator.QUESTIONS: Please contact Sadie Bynum, Lee County Division of Public Safety, EmergencyManagement Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (239) 533-3615
Sadie L. Bynum MPA, GCEM Coordinator, Operations Lee County Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center P.O. Box 398 Fort Myers, FL 33902-0398 (239) 533-3615 Office http://www.leeeoc.com/