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What is RAID 3?
Who Should Attend?
Why Should I Attend?
What Agencies Use RAID?
Course Description
NDIC Course Dates and Location
Course Delivery
Course Schedule
How Do I Register for Training?
How Do I Request Training at my Location?
How Do I Request RAID 3 Software?
Comments From Participants
Contact Information

What is RAID 3?

The Real-time Analytical Intelligence Database (RAID) is a National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC)-designed tool used in support of criminal prosecution. It is also used by several law enforcement agencies for organizing and sharing case information. The software helps analysts to catalog and analyze valuable information collected from seized evidence or law enforcement intelligence.

Unlike most other programs available to law enforcement for conducting analytical work, RAID 3 is specially designed to run on a single computer, a mobile peer-to-peer network, or a client-server network. This allows users to work outside the confines of the office. A team of analysts, agents, and officers has the freedom to operate at a hotel, a raid site, or any other area where laptop computers can be used.

RAID 3 was developed for NDIC, and NDIC offers the software and training free of cost (travel costs and per diem are not included) to law enforcement agencies. 

Who Should Attend?

Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement personnel (including active and reserve duty military and National Guard) who have a strong desire to learn RAID 3 should attend. The course is open to law enforcement personnel, and personnel in the intelligence and investigative fields. There will be 17 seats available per class.

Why Should I Attend?

By learning how to use the Real-time Analytical Intelligence Database (RAID) software, you will be able to organize and assimilate significant amounts of evidence to reveal associations, assets, and methods of drug traffickers in order to assist criminal investigations and prosecutions. Using RAID you can identify previously unknown leads, hidden assets, and coconspirators as well as organize evidence for trial. 

What Agencies Use RAID?

We have provided our RAID software and training to numerous agencies in the United States as well as to foreign intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Some of these agencies include FBI, RCMP, DEA, DoD, INTERPOL, UN, HMRC, FAA, DOS, ICE, IRS, ATF, PGR, HIDTA, HHS, USAO, DIA, OCDETF, CENDRO, and CNP.

We have worked with many foreign agencies, including INTERPOL and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, as a conduit to raise awareness and to distribute RAID to many of the following nations, including: the Bahamas, Bolivia, Burma, Canada, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela.

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Course Description

In this 5-day course, users will be trained on the RAID software so that evidentiary and investigatory information can be effectively retrieved to assist organizations with their investigations. No prior experience with RAID 3 or any previous versions of RAID are needed.

The participants will be able to do the following:

  • Use the RAID software to input data that is used for document exploitation (DOC EX) and investigative support by investigators and prosecutors.
  • Use the RAID software to retrieve data.

NDIC Course Dates and Location

2012 Dates are pending. Please check back.

Training is held at the NDIC in Johnstown, PA. The NDIC is located at 319 Washington Street, Johnstown, PA, at the intersection of Market and Washington Streets.  


Training and materials are provided at no cost at the NDIC. Participants are responsible for all travel, lodging, and per diem costs.  

Course Delivery

This is an instructor-led workshop that is divided into modules. Each module will be presented via an instructor-led presentation/discussion/demonstration, followed by guided, student hands-on exercises. As the workshop progresses, exercises will become less guided and will simulate typical real-life scenarios. Each module will end with a review. The reviews will include actual hands-on exercises that require participant competency demonstrations.

Course Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 - 12:00 Administrative/
Course Overview Background of RAID Starting RAID / Understanding the RAID Interface RAID Explorer Bar Fundamentals
Review -
Scavenger Hunt MSAs Overview / Create a Bio Form
Review Phone MSA Form Links -
Part II
Review Event MSA Form Multimedia Additional Fields Datasheet Review Find & Replace Merging Records Advanced Queries Report Manager
12:00 -
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 -
Set Up New Projects To Meet the Needs of the Mission Creating a Case Creating an Inventory Item Address MSA Form Links -
Part I
Projects - Part II
Account MSA Form Vehicle MSA Form Item MSA Form
Analyzing a Document Mission Exercise Exporting/ Importing Records Quality Control Closing

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How Do I Register for Training at NDIC?

For additional information or to register, call the Registrar at (814) 532-4682 or (814) 532-4709 or e-mail

How Do I Request Training at My Location?

To request RAID training at your location, contact the Training Registration Line at (814) 532-4608.

How Do I Request the RAID 3 Software?

Request RAID via:

a)  (checked daily)

Comments From Participants

Wonderful training--I highly recommend it. (Federal Aviation Administration)

Training staff helpful and course was very informative, and superior to many government provided training courses I have taken. (Customs and Border Protection)

The whole trip was truly a worthwhile training experience. (Customs and Border Protection)

Excellent course. It will have an immediate impact on the mission here. (Utah National Guard)

I personally want to thank the instructors for their wealth of knowledge and great teaching techniques. (Arizona Department of Public Safety)

Great class. This version of RAID is wonderful--great job NDIC--thank you! (Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area)

Your enthusiasm and teaching skills are dynamic. (US Postal Inspection Service)

Contact Information

Training Unit Supervisor, (814) 532-4608,

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National Drug Intelligence Center General Informtion
NOTE: On June 15, 2012, the National Drug Intelligence Center will close. This web site will no longer be maintained. The documents that are currently on this site may contain dated information. They remain available to provide access to historical materials.
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