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Introduction to Basic Drug Intelligence Analysis

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Why should I attend the Multiagency Course?
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Course Description

The Multiagency Course was created in 1997 through the cooperative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Customs Service, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and National Drug Intelligence Center. The National Drug Intelligence Center funds and coordinates the course.

Who Should Attend

Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement personnel (including active duty military and National Guard) who are able to attend all training sessions, are willing to participate, and have a strong desire to learn about basic drug intelligence analysis should attend. The course is open to U.S. law enforcement personnel only.

Why Should I Attend the Multiagency Course?

September 11th has reaffirmed that communication, cooperation, and information sharing within and among agencies are of paramount importance. During the Multiagency Course you will have the opportunity to network with intelligence analysts and law enforcement officers from your own area and from across the country. You will discuss local drug trends with other participants and acquire insight into what is being seen in other parts of the country. Law enforcement officers will learn what analysts can do for them. Analysts will learn what law enforcement officers need. You will receive contact information for participants from all sites so you can develop cooperative relationships.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with subject matter experts from federal agencies. We will provide contact information for all instructors in case you have questions after the class.

During the course week, you will be exposed to a broad spectrum of drug and intelligence topics and skills. This broad exposure will get you started in drug intelligence analysis and will help you identify the areas where you need more in-depth training.

Course Delivery

The Multiagency Course is delivered via interactive videoteletraining (IVT) providing two-way audio and video links. This course is broadcast from our classroom in the Washington, D.C., area to the receiving sites. Analyst facilitators are available at each site to assist participants with course materials, questions, practical exercises, and the IVT technology. IVT is an economical alternative to traditional offsite training which requires travel and lodging costs.


Training and materials are provided at no cost by the National Drug Intelligence Center. Participants are responsible for all travel, lodging and per diem costs.


Monday through Friday.
Classroom schedules vary by time zone.
Homework may be required.

Course Dates and Locations

All dates and locations are subject to change. Please recheck this page for changes or contact us for current information.

The course is broadcast from our classroom in the Washington, D.C., area to receive sites throughout the United States.

Projected Dates and Locations

2012 Course dates has yet to be determined.

Course Comments

The following are a few comments from participants who attended the Multiagency course:

"This course will definitely increase my job performance. I now have a better understanding of the value of intel info and this experience will definitely increase my awareness during intel collection efforts."Local Intel Analyst

"Practical exercises were effective. It was good to interact with people from other agencies." State Program Analyst

"Every class was interesting and informative." Local Police Officer

"The course materials were awesome. The instructors were well chosen and engaging. They were all experts and I appreciated the interagency mix." Federal Program Analyst

"The final practical was good and helped to put all learned material together." National Guardsman

"Very good course! A lot of information presented in a short period of time; facilitators were great! Very knowledgeable!" State Intel Analyst

"Easy to understand material, great handouts, and hands-on practical exercises."Local Intel Analyst

"Instructors were always ready to help and answer any questions." Local Police Officer

Course Content


Communication Analysis

Presents the process of critical listening or reading to identify sensitive, deceptive, or missing information. Teaches clues that indicate a person may be lying or avoiding the truth.

Drug Law and Analysis

Provides a brief overview of the principal federal laws and procedural rules pertaining to drug trafficking. Familiarizes participants with the investigation and prosecution of federal drug violations.

Drugs and Abuse

Provides an introduction to illicit psychoactive drugs. Includes a short history of drug abuse, the development of today's drug problem, the impact of drug use on society, and the effects of the major drugs of abuse.

Effective Briefing Techniques

Provides basic briefing skills. Presents a six- step process for preparing and delivering an effective briefing.

Financial Crime

Provides an introduction to the concepts, language, and processes of money laundering. Introduces participants to the information and assistance available through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Flow Charting

Presents three analytical techniques (Activity, Event, and Commodity) that describe and isolate a criminal organization's modus operandi, chronology of crime-related activity, and distribution patterns.

Intelligence and Analysis

Introduces the intelligence cycle, the analyst's role in intelligence, the process of analysis, and the principles of intelligence. Presents the technique of analysis of competing hypotheses.

Link Analysis

Presents an analytical technique used to show individual or organizational relationships in a graphic format. It can be used to clarify data describing multiple relationships and to identify investigative gaps and leads.

International Sources of Information

Provides an overview of INTERPOL and the services provided through their notices and databases.


Introduces the rapidly changing field of telecommunications.

Telephone Tolls Analysis

Presents an analytical process used to isolate and identify drug traffickers through their communications activity.

***Networking--Students have the opportunity to discuss local drug trends and share information with course participants in other parts of the country.

Points of Contact

For additional information or to register, call the Registrar at (814) 532-4028 or e-mail Our fax number is (814) 532-4920.

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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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