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2019 Criminal Patrol Stop Workshop - Maryville, TN

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Blount County Sheriff's Office

940 East Lamar Alexander Parkway

Maryville, TN 37804

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The National Criminal Enforcement Association (NCEA), in conjunction with the Blount County Sheriff's Office, TN are presenting some first rate and affordable criminal interdiction training at our “2019 Criminal Patrol Stop Workshop,” April 3-5, 2019 in Maryville, TN. This extensive training workshop is for all Police Officer’s, Deputy Sheriff’s, State Troopers, Investigators, K-9 Handlers and Custody Deputies. The cost for this training opportunity will be $275.00 for 3 days, with an early bird special of $250.00 per attendee prior to March 4, 2019 (Must be pre-paid by deadline date). The lead instructors for the course will be Branson Perry and Alex Gonzalez. The instructors have over a combined 50 years of experience in law enforcement and have trained thousands of law enforcement personnel throughout the nation as well as internationally. Perry and Gonzalez are also subject matter experts in the topics that will be discussed in the course.

Course Description: Criminal Patrol Enforcement and the continuation of a traffic stop a function of many law enforcement officer’s normal duties is rarely taught at academies and in-service training. The course is designed to address the many issues that are encountered during and after traffic stops. This course will prepare officers to look beyond the initial traffic stop to detect and apprehend all types of criminals using our highways, streets and rural roads.

The course will cover officer safety issues in great detail. Safety is a primary consideration during a vehicle stop. Almost any approach to a vehicle is potentially dangerous. What may seem like a standard traffic stop for a violation by the driver, may instead be a stop of a vehicle occupied by individuals who have committed or are in the process of committing a criminal act. It is estimated that four out of five crimes involve mobility. (Source: NHTSA) The officer’s intentions are a great concern to criminals caught in this situation. Their reaction, if any, to the stop is highly unpredictable. Past incidents, which are highly documented in the history of patrol functions, clearly demonstrate that there are inherent risks in traffic stops. The officer will be taught to think about having a personal defense strategy, to avoid injury and to stay alive.

This course also concentrates on improving the officer’s conversational and observational skills to facilitate the development of reasonable suspicion/probable cause. Of the many police activities that must be performed, the roadside interview truly approaches the category of an art. It takes talent, a natural inclination to perform the task well, study, and practice to develop the basic skills, as well as continual self-analysis and cultivation of talents and skills in the questioning process. The attendee will be shown how to adapt their own personality to the various situations and the personalities of the people whom they will encounter during the roadside interview process. Attendees will be taught how to develop a style that is distinctive and then how to improve it through studied experience. The course will show the attendee the importance of establishing rapport, as well as becoming a better listener. Attendees will be taught specific techniques that detect criminal activity and how to view every roadside interview in totality. Through the analyzing of actual traffic stop videos the attendees will be shown that no single behavior standing alone proves anything during the traffic stop encounter. The method of instruction for the course will involve the implementation of various video clips from traffic stops that are designed to show the teaching points and encourage class discussion.

The attendee will be taught how to identify and locate manual, electronically controlled aftermarket compartments in motor vehicles that are widely used today by drug trafficking organizations (DTO).

Attendees of this course will not only be taught how to preserve valuable intelligence, but also how to rapidly progress the “interdiction encounter” into a success controlled delivery. Often times this intelligence dies on the roadside when valuable time is lost due to uniformed officers and narcotics investigators inability to share no common ground. Interdiction officers and the narcotic investigators who attend this course will learn how to collaborate and successfully function as one unit. The attendee will also learn how to develop cooperating defendants through proper post arrest interview techniques, while also rapidly and efficiently networking with other officers from around the country is paramount when cultivating a controlled delivery. By successfully fostering relationships and working together with other agencies, task forces and prosecutors, the properly trained interdiction officer and narcotic investigator can work together and watch the fruits of their labor grow into a vast, complex conspiracy investigations, which can ultimately be the piece of the puzzle which could fully dismantle major drug trafficking and criminal organizations.

Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will have an in-depth knowledge of the proper working techniques of the criminal patrol stop as well as the successful continuation of an interdiction stop.

The subject matter provided in this course includes:

  • The concept and strategy of crime oriented escalation of traffic enforcement activities.

  • An advanced format of roadside interview techniques that uncover criminal activity.

  • Proper techniques and procedures to identify and locate the most sophisticated contraband concealments in motor vehicles.

  • An operational level class designed to give training to law enforcement on how to take the traffic stop to the next level “From the roadside to the front door-The Continuation of an Interdiction Stop.”


Criminal Patrol Concepts, initial contact observation, establishing rapport, articulating observations, verbal deception cues, non-verbal behavior, active listening, pre-search objectives, systematic search techniques, current concealment trends, the Fentanyl threat.


Post arrest events, developing a cooperating defendant, agency collabration, the "Trip", your role as an outsider, narcotic investigator goals.


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Blount County Sheriff's Office

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