Course Description
There are many emerging technologies that can be used to assist agencies in detecting illicit substance abuse among offenders under supervision. This course is designed to help the student learn about these new approaches and to understand how using multiple technologies can reduce the costs to their program.

This class does not require previous class work. Students should be employed by a law enforcement or criminal justice agency. Some of the material discussed is not intended for the general public and should not be shared with offenders under supervision.

Active participation in the class is required. Students will be expected to post comments on a discussion forum.

Learning Objectives

  • The student will be able to define “the detection window” and will know how it applies to each of the technologies discussed.
  • The student will be able to list ten different methodologies available to criminal justice agencies for detecting drugs and alcohol.
  • A brief explanation of the technologies will be given.
  • The student will be able to describe the reliability of each approach and discuss some counter measures commonly employed by offenders to avoid the detection of their illicit substance use.
  • The student will be able to list the technologies that can be used in court for violation proceedings and the ones that are simply designed to be indicators of possible substance abuse.
  • The student will be able to discuss how a reduction of a program’s drug testing costs can be realized by using a combination of technologies.