Criminals should be sleeping with one eye open these days after another successful Counter Terrorism/Criminal Training Seminar provided enhanced education for 140 local, state and federal law enforcement personnel last week in Virginia Beach.
Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in partnership with FBI and Virginia Beach Police/Sheriff’s Department co-hosted the fifth annual seminar at the Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Academy. The conference is designed to partner different agencies to address global, regional, and local issues by offering a broad variety of topics dealing with counter terrorism and criminal activity.
The two-day seminar, free of charge for law enforcement, counts as Department of Criminal Justice Service credit. Virginia ABC Chairman J. Neal Insley, a former ABC Special Agent, stressed the need for inter-agency cooperation and information sharing during his opening session remarks.
“This conference continues to enjoy success year after year because of the foresight and dedication of the conference planners, and the commitment and professionalism of the law enforcement instructors who deliver the information,” said ABC Senior Special Agent David Huff. “We are especially grateful to those dedicated law enforcement officers who took time out of their busy schedules to attend this conference, and hope that they benefitted from, and share the information learned with their respective law enforcement agencies.”
ABC’s Senior Special Agent David Huff, Special Agent Bev Whitmer, Special Agent Jesse Tate, and retired Special Agent Garry Thomas instructed training sessions about false identification documents, illegal moonshine and nip joint operations, and use of technical and surveillance equipment. They were joined by distinguished instructors from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Virginia State Police, and the Virginia Beach Fire Marshal’s Office who gave training on other topics including counter terrorism/domain awareness, outlaw motorcycle gangs, counterfeiting, sovereign citizens, modern day piracy, meth lab response protocols, prescription drug abuse and diversion, and social networking investigations.
Virginia ABC Addresses Terrorism and Crime at Training Seminar