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Clandestine Laboratory Analysis and Synthesis

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This one-week (36 hour) course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to sample, separate, and analyze the complex chemical mixtures resulting from the manufacture of controlled substances. Students will be taught how to determine the method of clandestine manufacture and to be able to isolate and identify controlled substances and intermediate materials used and produced in illicit manufacture. A variety of instrumental techniques will be employed. Students will synthesize methamphetamine and related compounds in a safe laboratory environment. This course is intended for criminalists or forensic scientists employed by law enforcement agencies. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.

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Lectures, demonstrations, and practical laboratory exercises.
Students will be able to determine the method of manufacture used and isolate and identify controlled substances and intermediate materials used and produced in clandestine laboratories.
Applicants must be employed as criminalists or forensic scientists by law enforcement agencies. The candidates should be experienced in controlled substance analysis and have a knowledge of organic chemistry.
Students may be provided with a pre-course reading package. Prior experience with Clandestine Laboratory Investigation will be helpful.
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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