Area law enforcement to take part in clandestine lab certification course at TROY

Posted: Friday, 31 July 2015

DOTHAN - Wiregrass area law enforcement agencies will have a chance to participate in a free training and certification course Aug 3-6 on Troy University's Dothan Campus.

Troy University Police Department, in cooperation with the Dothan Police Department, Dothan Fire and Rescue, and the Houston County Sheriff's Office will provide a clandestine laboratory certification program at no cost to Wiregrass law enforcement agencies.

"The week-long program meets the OSHA standards and allows officers to identify the type of laboratory, assess the state of the lab and operate safely within a clandestine lab," said Jim Smith, public safety coordinator for the Dothan Campus and an adjunct faculty member of the Criminal Justice department.

He said drug labs, bomb, chemical and biological weapons labs are addressed in the course that uses local subject-area experts and equipment to provide national-level training locally. It's the second program of this type offered by the University and is taught on campus with certification exercises conducted at the Dothan Fire Rescue and Dothan Police facilities. All the participating agencies provide logistical and instructional support.

"This type of program is indicative of the collaboration that exists in the law enforcement community of the Wiregrass," said Troy University Police Chief John McCall. "We are very pleased to offer this type of support to our community through the Dothan Campus."