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.

Contact us at with any questions and subscribe to our newsletter for notifications.

Related Content

Development of Analytical Methods for Measuring Δ9-THC in Cannabis Products

← Back to Webinar Series Page Tuesday, June 27, 2023 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EasternDuration: 1 hour Overview With the passage of the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act (Farm Bill), forensic laboratories have been tasked with differentiating seized cannabis…

Research Clues to Appreciating a New Era of Cannabinoid Conundrums Webinar Series

Overview Use and abuse of various cannabinoids has seen significant growth over the past several years due to the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. Proliferation of new cannabinoid products derived from cannabidiol has resulted…