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Narcotic Officer Survival - Red Flag Indicators

  • CITY OF MERIDIAN PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING CENTER 1223 E. Waterower Meridian, ID 83642 (map)


This 16 hour, International Narcotics Investigator Association (INIA) course is designed for investigators that work in an undercover capacity and or those who are about to work in those types of assignments. This course goes in depth into several case studies of undercover operations that had gone wrong. This course shows investigators and supervisors the “indicators” that should have been recognized and not ignored during undercover operations that would have ultimately saved the lives of the investigators involved. This course will also enhance officer safety in undercover operations by identifying those indicators that others have missed or ignored over the years. This course also shows that no matter how old or new the case studies are, the indicators are the same.

Topics include:
·         Evaluating the type of undercover operation
·         Understanding the individual rolls of each person assigned in the operation
·         Supervisors responsibilities
·         Case agent vs. undercover
·         Officer safety vs. making the case
·         Propensity for violence of the suspects involved
·         Listening and addressing concerns of the undercover and team members
·         Proper operational planning
·         Understanding the various factors involved in undercover operations to include day or
           night time operations, weather, vehicle types, locations, avenues of approach, etc.   
  ·        Money flashes
·         Using technology in undercover operations for increased safety
·         Managing confidential informants


Narcotic Officer Survival - Red Flag Indicators is instructed by Detective William Louck of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD).  Detective Loucks began with MNPD in 2003. In January 2005, Detective Loucks was selected as a FLEX officer where his duties were to conduct proactive policing in high crime areas.  In January 2007, he began working as a Gang Detective where he investigated gang related and organization cases with a drug related nexus. During his time as a Gang Detective, he worked joint gang cases with the DEA, ATF, FBI and US Marshals. Detective Loucks has also instructed approximately 500 people on gang related issues to include police officers, teachers, principals, community groups and community group leaders. Detective Loucks is currently a Tennessee POST certified instructor.

In January 2010, Detective Loucks began working long term narcotics with MNPD Specialized Investigations Division Narcotics Unit. Since then, Detective Loucks has conducted and been the affiant in wire tape cases into crystal methamphetamine and marijuana distribution rings.

Detective Loucks previously served 8 ½ years in the United States Army. Throughout his time in the Army, he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Detective Loucks served 3 years at Ft Bragg North Carolina as a cannon crewmember with the 82nd Airborne Division. During his last 5 ½ years he worked as a Chinook Flight Engineer with Task Force 160th SOAR (Night Stalkers) in Ft Campbell Kentucky. During his time as a flight engineer, Detective Loucks was solely responsible for a $60 million dollar Chinook helicopter to include the flight operations, mission planning, training personnel and management of maintenance.

In late September 2011, Detective Loucks deployed to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan areas of operations (AO) region. Detective Loucks was part of the first group of American Soldiers to be operating in Afghanistan as he took in the first Special Forces Groups, Navy SEALS, as well as CIA Special Operative Agents.


This course is sponsored and paid for by the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA and space is limited to 50 students. Students will be responsible for associated travel, lodging and meal expenses.

To register, complete and submit a HIDTA Training Request Form