Roadside Interviews & Opening up the Information Pipeline: (4hrs)

This course focuses on how to conduct roadside interviews, developing rapport, interpreting body language, developing sources of information, and conducting a criminal debriefing.  The focus is to teach attendees how to look beyond the stop, ticket, and/or call for service to detect indicators of criminal activity and to develop strategies for continuing the investigation when appropriate. 

Learning objectives:

  • Conducting sound legal motor vehicle stops while asking questions and assessing information within the scope of the stop and the legal considerations

  • Identify verbal and non-verbal signs of stress and/or deception

  • How to establish a “base-line” with a subject that is stopped

  • How a traffic infraction investigation can expand into a lengthier investigatory detention based upon officer observations with reasonable suspicion of criminal activity

  •  Transferring a traffic stop into a consensual citizen encounter

  •  Interview techniques and questions for occupants of the vehicle

  •  Techniques for requesting consent to search

  • How to conduct a criminal debriefing to obtain supporting evidence and criminal intelligence

  • How to develop sources of information that will assist in identifying and interdicting crimes

Hourly Schedule:

1 Introduction & Legal considerations

2 Body language and Verbal indicators

3 Conducting the road side interview

4 Sources of information and conducting a criminal debriefing


Criminal Interdiction Techniques Beyond the Traffic Stop: (4hrs)

This course focuses on interdiction techniques outside of the realm of motor vehicle stops to include: consensual encounters, knock and talk investigations, trash pulls, and hotel/motel interdiction.  The focus is to teach attendees investigation options that can be utilized from patrol that will have an impact on criminal activity.


Learning objectives:

  • Current drug trafficking and market trends in the United States and why that is relevant

  • Officer safety considerations

  • How to identify criminal targets and assess the most appropriate investigatory strategy

  • Legal considerations for consensual encounters

  • How to conduct a “knock and talk” investigation

  • The informational and evidentiary value to trash pulls, how to conduct a trash pull to avoid detection, and identification/processing of the evidence

  • How to implement a hotel/motel interdiction program

  • Recognizing indicators of criminal activity

  • The benefit of surveillance

  • Conducting a surveillance/interdiction operation

Hourly Schedule:

1     Current trends and the significance, officer safety considerations

2     Investigation strategy options, identification of criminal targets, indicators of criminal activity

3     Consensual encounters, “knock and talk” investigations, hotel/motel interdiction

4     Trash pulls, surveillance, and surveillance/interdiction operations

About Instructor Chris Martin

Christopher Martin has been serving with the Brewer Maine Police Department for 24 years and is currently the Deputy Chief of Police. The majority of his career was focused on criminal interdiction and counter-drug. He specialized in street-level drug investigations as an investigator and supervisor in cases involving techniques such as uniformed patrol interdiction, knock-and-talk investigations, hotel/motel interdiction, use of cooperating individuals, controlled purchases of drugs, and preparation and execution of search warrants. Chris is recognized as a subject matter expert in criminal interdiction and has provided instruction across the country to law enforcement officers. He has also instructed many drug related and crime prevention topics for businesses, schools, civic organizations, and community forums. These crime prevention programs included Workplace Violence, Robbery Prevention and Response, and Pharmacy Robbery Prevention and Response. Deputy Chief Martin is the Chair of the Bangor Area Recovery Network and has been serving on the board since 2014. He is a current member of the International Law Enforcement Association which promotes intelligence sharing between New England law enforcement and Eastern Canada law enforcement.

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