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Model Strategies for Field Drug Testing Programs

NCJ Number
304280
Date Published
January 2022
Length
10 pages
Annotation

The purpose of this In-Brief is to describe field drug testing programs (FDTPs) that provide a training framework for certifying law enforcement officers to presumptively identify drugs in the field. This In-Brief highlights the FDTPs of the Phoenix Police Department and the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services providing insight into FDTP policies and practices and tips for success.

Abstract

This In-Brief describes field drug testing programs (FDTPs) that provide a training framework for certifying law enforcement officers to presumptively identify drugs in the field. Potential FDTP impacts are indicated in Figure 1. This report highlights two crime laboratories that have had well-established FDTPs with their law enforcement agency partners for nearly 2 decades. These partnerships help reduce the laboratory's drug seizure case backlogs, decrease their turnaround times, and free up laboratory resources for analysis of emerging substances.

Date Published: January 1, 2022