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U.S. Coast Guard: overview of operational narcotic detection program
Author(s): Jack McCready; Chih-Wu Su; Stephen W. Rigdon
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Paper Abstract

Multiple Coast Guard commands incorporate a variety of advanced narcotic detection technologies into their normal Law Enforcement routine. Planning calls for new commands to expand their narcotic detection capability via the introduction of additional advanced narcotic detection systems before 1997. The successful integration of new technology is the result of the synergistic relationship between the Research and Development Center and operational units during technology development. This paper will give an overview of the Coast Guard methodology emphasizing the requirements and related issues of law enforcement in the maritime environment. Topics to be discussed include: An overview of the initial research incorporating both operational commands and the Research and Development Center; How the instruments were initially implemented in the field; How the instruments are currently used; How law enforcement officers are currently trained to be equipment operators; Lessons learned from different case studies; and research currently being conducted to support the field law enforcement officer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 1997
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2937, Chemistry- and Biology-Based Technologies for Contraband Detection, (17 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266768
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Jack McCready, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Ctr. (United States)
Chih-Wu Su, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Ctr. (United States)
Stephen W. Rigdon, Analysis & Technology, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2937:
Chemistry- and Biology-Based Technologies for Contraband Detection
Pierre Pilon; Steve Burmeister, Editor(s)

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