7.130 – Narcotics Training Aid and Investigative Use Drug Property Release
Effective Date: 2/19/2014
1. Narcotics Detection Canine Handlers and Detectives May Check Out Narcotics for Canine Training or Investigative Use
Handlers and detectives may check out narcotics with written approval from the Narcotics Lieutenant for each checkout request. Prior to checkout, SPD Evidence shall:
- Verify the narcotics item is no longer needed as evidence
- Verify the narcotic item is eligible for destruction
Prior to acquiring any new Narcotics Training Aids (NTAs) or reserve narcotics, the Audit, Policy & Research Section (APRS) shall inspect current NTA inventory to verify all in-service and reserve NTAs are accounted for.
See 7.130-PRO-1 Checkout of NTAs and Investigative Use Drugs
2. Handlers Shall Secure All Investigative Use Drugs and Narcotics Training Aids (NTAs)
The Narcotics Section shall store investigative use drugs and NTAs in their unit safe when not in use. Only the unit sergeant and lieutenant shall have access to this safe.
Exception: NTAs assigned to an individual handler may be secured in a portable lock box within an alarmed vehicle.
The Narcotics Section shall maintain the Release of Evidence (form 13.1) in the unit safe until the drugs are disposed of.
3. Handlers Maintain NTAs in the Condition Established During Acquisition
Handlers shall maintain NTAs in the original sealed narcotics envelope. The handler will report broken seals to the Narcotics Sergeant upon discovery and APRS during the quarterly NTA audit.
Audit, Policy and Research Section (APRS) shall maintain an inventory log of all NTAs. The APRS shall maintain a master inventory log documenting custody of:
- All reserve NTAs and investigative use drug reserves
- All NTAs logged out to handlers
- All other NTAs or investigative use drugs otherwise logged out to the Narcotics Section
APRS shall provide copies of the logs to the Narcotics Section during quarterly audits.
4. Handlers May Only Modify NTAs During Audits
Handlers may transfer, reassign, or create new NTAs from reserve narcotics and/or narcotics acquired through evidence in the presence of:
- The Narcotics Canine Handler
- The Narcotics Sergeant
- A member of the Audit, Policy & Research Section (APRS)
5. Handlers Store and Record NTAs Rotated Out of Service
APRS shall account for all NTAs rotated out of service and perform a field test on 10% of these NTAs.
After field testing, the NTAs shall be sealed in the Narcotics Unit safe and destroyed during the next scheduled drug burn. The Narcotics Section shall keep records of all NTAs rotated out of service.
6. Handlers and Detectives Document any Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed Narcotics
The handler, through their chain of command, will send a memo to the Homeland Security and Metro Special Response Section Captain and the APRS Captain if training narcotics are lost, stolen or destroyed.
The memo will contain:
- Description of the narcotics
- Description of how the narcotics were lost, stolen or destroyed
- Efforts to find the narcotics
- GO number if a GO report completed
7.130-PRO-1 Checkout of Narcotics Training Aids (NTAs) and Investigative Use Drugs
Narcotics Canine Handler or Detective
1. Obtains written approval from the Narcotics Lieutenant to acquire new NTAs
2. Contacts the Evidence Unit and selects narcotics.
Chief Evidence Warehouser
3. Assists the canine handler or detective in picking narcotics for conversion to NTAs/investigative use drugs.
4. Contacts the APRS Audit Sergeant to arrange a date to acquire the narcotics from the Evidence Unit.
5. Verifies the appropriate personnel are available for the acquisition date, to include:
- Chief Evidence Warehouser
- Narcotics Canine Handler or Detective
- Narcotics Sergeant
- APRS Audit Detective and/or Sergeant
6. Monitors the narcotics acquisition.