Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, the state’s top law enforcement official, announced Tuesday morning an initiative to host training sessions for local police and sheriffs departments across the state to make sure those protecting every Alabama community are up to date on the latest tools and technologies in investigating and solving crimes.
“I’m pleased to announce that my office, working with local sheriffs, chiefs of police and district attorneys, will provide free training to law enforcement to enhance their crime-solving skills,” said Strange in a press release.
This isn’t the first initiative Strange has undertaken to provide the state’s law enforcement officers with the newest and best training. In a time of increased scrutiny of police, the attorney general’s office began an annual Law Enforcement Summit in Montgomery. 2015’s summit, held in September, focused on the “sweeping opioid epidemic” recently being combatted at the local, state, and federal levels. Officers were also taught how to use technology to stay ahead of the criminal curve during investigations, including digital evidence found on cell phones. Approximately 700 Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) from across the state attended.
The more local training, AG Strange believes, will ultimately provide even more benefits to the LEOs and their communities.
“The focus of the first round of law enforcement training will center on violent crime investigations,” explained Strange. “The training will cover the investigation process from start to finish, notably how to secure a crime scene and collect evidence, including digital evidence. The course will also cover search and seizure laws to include writing of search warrants for electronic data. The class will ultimately conclude with best practices in keeping and maintaining evidence for cold case investigations”
The first round of local training will be held in Montgomery County on June 28th, with subsequent training events in the coming months in Mobile, Baldwin, Houston, Shelby and Walker counties, as well as other areas.