New Book: Criminal Interdiction

Criminal Interdiction BookFedEx just delivered my latests Amazon purchase:  Criminal Interdiction by Steven Varnell.  Having been through a few criminal interdiction classes (commercial vehicle drug interdiction was one of the best), I am eager to read this book and see what tips I can pick up from the author.

According to the book cover, Varnell is a retired trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol and has been involved in criminal interdiction work for 26 years.  With that kind of experience, this book has the potential to being a great police training tool.

I’ll post a review on the book once I have finished reading it.  In the meantime, you can check out the book at Amazon.

Criminal Interdiction- BlueSheepdog Podcast 08

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This week’s police podcast focuses on criminal interdiction.  In the past, many officers and trainers have focused on drug interdiction in rural stretches of highway.  I suggest that criminal interdiction techniques can, and should, be applied in all areas of your jurisdiction.

Among other things, I talk about officer safety, vehicle occupants and vehicle contents.

As mentioned in a previous podcast, the web address for the company making the Cobra Strike Plate is:  ArmorShield USA.  I did not see the plate on the site yet, but I am working on getting more information, including a video of the plate in action.

The podcast runs a little longer, a little shy of an hour, but I hope you get some good information out of it.

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Understanding the Citizens’ Right to Use Force

020114_1259_0018_lsms_aPolice academies are woefully inadequate at teaching criminal law and criminal procedure. Typically, 40 hours or less are devoted to teaching criminal law (I’ve seen some states only require 16 hours). Generally, the teacher is a street cop, who may not spend a lot of time reading the statute books or slip opinions.

The focus of the classes is typically on defining what a “burglary” is, the difference between “assault” and “battery,” and elements of each crime.  Very little time is put on the rights of citizens to use force to defend themselves and their property.  Unfortunately, this means that police officers sometimes arrest the wrong people. [Read more…]

High Times


You can use the magazine “High Times” to make more drug arrests.

New officers don’t always have the “street knowledge” they need to make good drug cases.  Street knowledge is something that often takes years to build before an officer can recognize common drugs and activities surrounding their use and sale.

Training is not a substitute for experience, but it does give the officer additional information to use while on the street to hasten their learning.  However, drug training is often not available to new officers. [Read more…] Training for K9, Criminal Interdiction, and Drug Interdiction Work

I meant to post this a while back, but if you have any need for police K-9 training, or training in drug and criminal interdiction, check our  They list training classes throughout a lot of the US that relate to drug interdiction and canine handlers.

Richard is a police officer with a medium sized, central Florida department, and previously worked for a Metro-Atlanta agency.  He has served as a field training officer, court officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, watch commander, commander of a field training and evaluation program, and general pain in the butt to management-types looking to cut training hours.