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Seminar Title:  
Supervising and Managing the Drug Unit

DATES:  3/6/2023 through 3/8/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  John Kempf

LOCATION:  2 West Training Rooms (North Jail Complex) - 2110 "O" Street, Greeley, CO  80631

HOTEL:  Homewood Suites by Hilton Greeley - Greeley, CO  970-330-1706
Contact Hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $425.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

John Kempf is currently a Captain and District Commander of The Idaho State Police District One office located in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. John began his career as a Trooper with the Idaho State Police in 1997 and was promoted to Detective in 2000 where his primary focus was narcotics investigations. As a Detective John lead and participated in hundreds of narcotic cases ranging from street level investigations to complex conspiracy and federal wire tape cases. In 2008 John was promoted to Sergeant and supervised a narcotics unit whose primary focus is mid to upper-level drug traffickers. In 2014 John was promoted to Detective Lieutenant where he managed a unit whose caseloads included major narcotics cases, Officer-Involved Shootings /Critical Incidents, Homicides and Professional Standards Investigations.


John is a member of the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies and the coordinator for Idaho of the Domestic Highway Enforcement program.

John has been called to testify in Federal Court as an expert witness on drug investigations and is one of the lead instructors and organizers of the Idaho Basic Narcotics Officers Course. John has received numerous accolades for his law enforcement efforts including a U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service, Certificate of Merit from the Governor of Idaho and Outstanding Supervisor award from the Idaho State Police. John has also been awarded the Idaho State Police Silver Star and the Idaho Medal of Honor for Bravery.


John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Delaware Valley University in Criminal Justice Administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

This course provides 20 hours of leadership development training to future and current first-level and mid-level narcotics supervisors. The program provides the supervisors with knowledge, and skills that will enhance their ability to supervise, motivate, and evaluate narcotics officers and meet the unique challenges presented to a supervisor of a proactive narcotics unit. The program provides training in areas including, operational planning, confidential source management drug trends, building your team, case development, quality control techniques, and how to provide value.

Drug Trends
Topics include a refresher of illicit street drugs, current and emerging trends as well as officer safety issues related to clandestine labs. Officers will be involved in a discussion of current local and national drug trends that are impacting their agency.

Case Development
Officers will learn techniques used to identify sources of drug intelligence, the importance of setting goals and standards for their team and implementing quality control protocols.

Confidential Informant Management
The use of confidential informants is a powerful and necessary tool in narcotics operations but it can also be a huge liability. Officers will get the supervisors perspective on dealing with informant motivations, informant / detective relations and quality control of the informant program.

Planned Operations
Officers will be instructed on the supervisors role in planning safe operations such as undercover drug buys, surveillance, and raids.

Case Studies
A variety of actual narcotics cases will be broken down and cover the all of the topics covered during the day

Officers will discuss several subjects including an evaluation of leadership styles, which style fits best their personality, motivation of drug investigators and servant leadership.

Team building
Your team is only as good as the weakest link, therefore it is imperative that officers know how to make the most out of their team. Officers will be instructed on utilizing the strengths and weakness of their team members.

Problem employee
Topics will include the importance of dealing with problem employees head on, documentation, and “Rock Star” employees.

Selection of drug unit personnel
When given the opportunity to select new members of your team there is several factors to take into consideration. During this block of training topics such as who to recruiting, questions for a promotional board, identification of skills and personalities important to their team.

Brining Value
To often drug units as considered the most exclusive unit of any department. During this block of training officers will discuss ways in which the drug unit can provide value to their community, agency and team members without sacrificing their effectiveness.

Quality Control
As the leader of a drug unit the supervisor needs to set the highest standards. Officers will discuss the importance implementing quality controls on all aspects of the teams work product including operations, reports and court appearances.

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