The Brick Wall – Stopping Crime on Our Roadways
December 11, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Utah POST – Room 118
410 West 9800 South
Sandy, UT 84070
This course is designed for the pro-active police officer looking to expand their knowledge of criminal interdiction. The instructor has developed a program for both rookie and seasoned officers to better understand how Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO’S) operate and how to best position yourself to win during a traffic stop. Officers will learn how to take a disciplined approach to locating, identifying, and seizing narcotics, illicit currency, and other contraband. This course will explain the legal process of identifying vehicles engaged in criminal activity, how to recognize criminal behavior, how to effectively search vehicles during a traffic stop, and how to recognize advanced concealment methods utilized by DTO’S.
Instructor Brian Konopka will discuss how to conduct interdiction efforts on our nation’s interstates, highways, and country roads. The student will learn to articulate reasonable suspicion and probable cause based on the totality of the circumstances surrounding a traffic stop. The student will learn to build a criminal interdiction case from start to finish by recognizing reactions to police presence, identifying deceptive behavior, understanding the life of a mule, how to ask for consent during a traffic stop, and more.
Additional topics of discussion will include: identifying cigarette traffickers and how cigarette smuggling funds terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas; Free tools that proactive cops should use to build their case, how to articulate observations observed during the course of a traffic stop, and furthering the investigation beyond the stop.
Brian Konopka is a Highway Criminal Interdiction officer that works a series of our nation’s Interstates. Konopka brings ten years of law enforcement experience and has invested over seven hundred hours continuing to train in his field. He has personally seized dozens of kilograms of narcotics, including over one hundred sixty-five pounds of cocaine, hundreds of pounds of marijuana, millions of dollars in United States Currency, and thousands of cartons of contraband cigarettes. Konopka was the recipient of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Drug Interdiction Assistance Program, Largest Criminal Highway Interdiction Cocaine Seizure of 2021.
Konopka was deemed a court certified Drug Trafficking and Highway Criminal Interdiction Expert. Prior to serving as a Police Officer, Konopka served in the United States Marine Corps deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning home, he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Homeland Security where he specialized in Terrorism and Security Studies.