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Area Law Enforcement Officers Attend DOJ Training

Over 60 area law enforcement officers and 30 licensed firearms dealers were on the Okefenokee Technical College campus recently for training provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a federal law enforcement organization within the U.S. Department of Justice. The Waycross Police Department hosted the popular event. OTC economic development staff assisted the WPD with coordinating activities, and students in the OTC criminal justice program welcomed participants and directed them to training sessions. Photo 1

Prior to training sessions, Special Agent Dan Drake and Resident Agent George Belsky, both of the U. S. Attorney’s Office, held a Question and Answer session with OTC students, fielding their questions about gun laws, law enforcement training, and employment opportunities. Drake and Belsky are members of the Southern District of Georgia Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC), which facilitates the development and implementation of community-based anti-drug and anti-violence programs, such as the Weed and Seed program, Project Safe Neighborhood and Project Safe Childhood. Through these community-based programs, the non-law enforcement community is also provided training and assistance.

The Southern District of Georgia LECC mission is to facilitate and promote coordination, communication, and cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies by providing resources, information, training and technical assistance to those agencies. The LECC program develops and administers Georgia POST-certified training, provides access to DOJ grant information, and is a clearinghouse for law enforcement concerns and information. Additionally, the Photo 2LECC program is instrumental in suggesting policy to the United States Attorney that affects law enforcement in the Southern District of Georgia.

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Special Agent Dan Drake (front row, right) and Resident Agent George Belsky (back row, right), both of the U. S. Attorney’s Office, held a Question and Answer session with OTC Criminal Justice students prior to beginning scheduled training workshops for area law enforcement officers. Students welcomed participants and assisted with activities.

Front row:  Jaki Johnson (L to R), OTC criminal justice instructor; OTC students Robyn Ramsey, Stefanee Carr, Victoria Brown, Margaret Carr, Ramona Edwards, Catherine White, Alvin Wilson, Jameschia Bennett, Ashley Tincher, and Resident Agent George Belsky, Savannah Office, Department of Justice.

Back Row:  OTC students (L to R) Terri Speake, Bobby McGhee, Ralston Finney, Darrell Weeks, Santiargo King, Jason Carter, Jan Prescott, Johnnie Walker, Tori Conner, and Special Agent Dan Drake, US Attorney General’s Office, Savannah Office.

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Area law enforcement officers received updates and training on a number of pertinent topics at a training workshop held March 11, 2010, at Okefenokee Technical College. An ATF agent is shown here as he begins a session on Arson and Explosives, Investigative Capabilities.



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