The DEA Training Academy provides career training for all Diversion Investigators, which includes oversight leadership for this important and unique program. Diversion training is developed and coordinated by the Diversion Operations Unit at the Office of Training.
Basic Diversion Investigator (BDI) Training
Basic Diversion Investigator (BDI) training is a 12-week school conducted at the Academy. The basic school is divided into three segments: (1) Pre-Registration Investigations, (2) Scheduled Investigations, and (3) Compliance Investigations. BDI training presents a rigorous and demanding curriculum that emphasizes the use of modern software tools, legal instruction, and demanding case studies that build in complexity and scope throughout the course. Emphasis is placed upon pharmaceutical and chemical control, drug scheduling, and drug identification. Students are introduced to distribution operations, auditing techniques, report writing, security issues, and legal considerations. During the program, BDI trainees are required to apply their classroom knowledge in a variety of practical exercises developed for each segment of the training program.
Other Diversion Training Offered
Diversion Chemical Investigations School: This one-week refresher training course consists of instruction detailing Chemical Laws, updates and current trends of chemical diversion. Comprehensive instruction includes Pre-Registration Investigations, Scheduled Investigations, and Complaint Investigations from beginning to end.
Diversion Special Agent School: This one-week school is provided to DEA Special Agents to increase their knowledge of the Diversion Program and to have a better understanding of diversion investigations. Academic instruction includes law and regulations, pharmacology, addiction, introduction to various diversion related databases, and a practical exercise scenario.
Diversion State and Local Training (Quantico): This two-week training course is provided to any state or local official who investigates pharmaceutical drug or chemical diversion cases. Academic instruction and practical exercises will help participants sharpen their knowledge and professional skills for conducting effective diversion investigations.
Diversion State and Local Training (Regional): This one-week training course is designed to assist Divisional Offices in providing training to state or local officials who investigate pharmaceutical drug or chemical diversion cases. Academic instruction and practical exercises will help participants sharpen their knowledge and professional skills for conducting effective diversion investigations.
Advanced Diversion Investigator Training: This seven-day refresher-training course is provided to Diversion Investigators every 24 months. It includes legal updates, report writing, case presentation, computer systems, and Headquarters issues.
Diversion Supervisor In-Service Training: This seven-day refresher training course is provided to Diversion Group Supervisors every 24 months. This course emphasizes leadership, decision-making, executive report writing, and improving management skills.