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Drug Abuse Recognition for Probation and Parole Officers

The majority of individuals in the nation’s criminal justice system have substance abuse issues. Suffice it to say, knowledge of drugs and their effects is very important to anyone working in the criminal justice system, especially those working in probation or parole.

To help officers determine if someone is under the influence of drugs, a group of officers in California developed a program called the drug abuse recognition (DAR) course. The DAR program was developed to help identify individuals currently under the influence of drugs, which makes it ideal for use by probation and parole officers, correctional officers, private industry, and school officials. AMU criminal justice student Keith Graves writes about the benefits of this unique program.

New Designer Drug, Flakka, Hits the Streets

Police throughout the country, particularly in Florida, have been noticing a spike in the use of a new drug that users are calling “flakka.” Use of the drug is a concern as well as are the crimes that people under the influence are committing. AMU criminal justice student, Keith Graves, who has taught thousands of officers and businesses about drug investigation, shares information about the signs of intoxication and how police should pursue investigations.

Impacts of Synthetic Drugs Like Spice and Bath Salts on Officer Safety

By Jarrod Sadulski, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

While in the field, it is very important for law enforcement officers to understand the current trends involving synthetic drugs like Spice and bath salts. Synthetic drugs often involve the abuse of chemicals that cause hallucinogenic effects and mimic other illicit drugs such as cocaine or semi-synthetic LSD.

The Challenges of Treating Child Substance Abuse

By Dr. Vincent Giordano Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University Prior to coming to American Public University as the Criminal Justice Program Director, I worked with Operation PAR as a drug counselor and the Program Administrator of Juvenile Services. I managed a staff that was primarily responsible for screening and assessing youth who were arrested in Pinellas County, Florida. Sometimes parents decide to involve police as their own form of treatment when they discover a child is abusing drugs. These parents misconstrue the purpose of law enforcement by thinking police officers will come to the home and scare the child into not using drugs. This is rarely the case.