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LEO Training

Drug Identification, Paraphernalia, and the Motor Vehicle Stop
  • August 16, 2023
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Salt Lake City Police Department: Pioneer Precinct
    1040 West 700 S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104


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This course is intended to give police officers the training they deserve to formulate effective and well- rounded opinions that can be utilized when initiating a motor vehicle stop where it is believed there is criminal and/or drug activity. Instructor Sergeant Scott Kivet will highlight both the most common drugs seen, as well as those that are not always prevalent. Kivet will use his years of experience to educate officers on each drug’s classifications, identifications, associated paraphernalia, and the common signs and symptoms of each drug’s use. “Drug Identification, Paraphernalia, and the Motor Vehicle Stop” will teach attendees how to identify red flags that are commonly undetected in the field of narcotics and specifically teach how to articulate reasonable suspicion or probable cause.

Kivet focuses on body camera advantage techniques and advanced field interviews to identify body behavior, criminal interdiction driving behavior, and how they relate to vehicle searches. With every topic of discussion, Kivet will supplement his presentation with video clips from his actual stops, in order to paint the picture and clarify precisely what led to the drug arrests and seizures.


Scott Kivet

Sgt. Scott Kivet began his career as a police officer in 2003 on Long Beach Island and then transitioned to his full-time career at a Mercer County municipality where he became proficient in narcotics and DWI enforcement. Kivet was given the opportunity to be a part of the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, which was followed by starting a proactive criminal interdiction unit, and has seized some of the largest self-initiated drug seizures in Mercer County, NJ. Additionally, he has been instructing officers at all levels in their careers for over ten years on conducting proactive motor vehicle stops involving illegal narcotics.

Kivet, a certified Drug Recognition Expert, has generated over one thousand self-initiated arrests, with over 750 arrests involving the enforcement of narcotics and DWI, and received several distinguished awards, including, but not limited to multiple lifesaving awards, two Top Gun awards for DWI, and meritorious awards given by the Mayor, Chief of Police and County Prosecutor’s Office for his work with narcotic enforcement.


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