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​Operation Safe Highways Initiative Through Effective Law Enforcement and Detection (SHIELD)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This five-day Basic Criminal Interdiction class will enhance the abilities of patrol officers to effectively interdict terrorists, fugitives, narcotics traffickers and other contraband.  Criminal and criminal organizations utilize the Commonwealths interstates and highways every day to facilitate their illicit activities.  The target audience for this training is patrol officers and supervisors of patrol units.  The program will inform, update, and educate students in the vast area of criminal interdiction.  Students will be exposed to an array of lawful criminal interdiction techniques, tactics and trends.

This training will be presented by members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Drug Law Enforcement Division.  Attendance is mandatory for all five days to receive a certificate of completion.     


INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Conduct successful roadside interviews
  • Detect more plain view indicators 
  • Differentiate between normal law-abiding traffic and what is outside the norm and criminal in nature
  • Conduct more thorough searches and recognize what is aftermarket and non-factory
  • Be more familiar with trafficking patterns throughout the country and within the Commonwealth
  • Testify with an increased level of experience as to Criminal Interdiction
  • Be more familiar with the resources available while conducting a traffic stop roadside
  • Increased knowledge on trafficking trends

COURSES COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:  Attendance and completion of a basic knowledge check.

AUDIENCE:  PSP Enlisted 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   This training is only offered via PSP selection process.  Questions concerning this training shall be directed to Sergeant Nicholas A. Cortez, Commander, Shield Section at 717-705-5485 or via email at

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130. All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.


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