Model Strategies for Field Drug Testing Programs

Model Strategies for Field Drug Testing Programs


January 2022


The purpose of this In-Brief is to describe field drug testing programs (FDTPs) that provide a training framework for certifying law enforcement officers to presumptively identify drugs in the field. This In-Brief highlights the FDTPs of the Phoenix Police Department and the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services providing insight into FDTP policies and practices and tips for success.

“A successful field drug testing program requires continued communications and support between law enforcement, crime laboratories, and the judicial system.”

- Nancy Crump | Phoenix Police Department

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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