Material for a 4-hour lesson, part of the Basic Training Program of Macedonian Police, developed by the Police Development Unit of the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje.
Macedonian Police Officers must possess a basic familiarization with the most common street narcotics, dangerous drugs and psychotropic substances they will be encountering on patrol. In order to effectively maintain public peace and order they must be able to understand and recognize the indications of the use and abuse of illegal addictive substances. Addiction is becoming a major problem throughout Macedonia and children are the most frequent and vulnerable target of drug traffickers. Routinely, this criminal enterprise is aggressively being forced upon young victims within the very settlements where they live and go to school. In response, residents are pressuring the police to be more effective in protecting their children from this destructive criminal threat. This lesson is intended to develop the patrol officer’s ability to be more responsive, proactive and effective in opposing criminal efforts to conduct drug trafficking in the settlements the officers serve. To do so, this introductory training will focus on enhancing the officer’s fundamental recognition of street level illegal narcotics, dangerous drugs and psychotropic substances and their methods of abuse.
This lesson will provide students with an introduction and familiarization with the most common street level narcotics, dangerous drugs and psychotropic substances and their methods of abuse.
At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to: