Elizabeth Doney Havre Daily News email@example.com
Experienced law enforcement officials are coming to Havre to share their knowledge with locals and strengthen their fight against the devastating drug methamphetamine. A three-day course titled “Methamphetamine Response and Investigation” will specifically address and localize collaboration protocol for meth users and dealers in north-central Montana. Hosted by highly recommended professional Lamar Associates trainers with years of experience in policing, patrol, administration and d e t e c t i v e division, the course provides proactive field interview techniques, surveillance, search warrants, arrest procedures and developing drug cases. “We have people that were fortunate to attend the Methamphetamine Investigation and Response quality training in Billing on Jan.18,” Matthew Pryor, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services in Billings, said. “The training enhanced our abilities, gave our officers a lot more insight, andexpanded on their abilities. This course helped in our investigation on a drug case that lead to a bust on Jan. 20. Since that bust, we have progressed on others cases and a lot of it has to do with this training.” While the course is designed for law enforcement, educators, criminal justice, social services, community members and leaders, anybody wanting to join the aggressive fight against methamphetamine can attend. Participants will receive a wealth of knowledge to mitigate the flow of drugs in their community and a free resource kit that will help them in their efforts. “It’s a skill building workshop on a topic that affects all communities. Participants will gain the knowledge, skills and resources to address meth abuse in their communities,” Steven K. Juneau, Lamar Associates director of the Training Division and a nationally recognized trainer said. “Lamar has been at the forefront of new, creative solutions and approaches that communities find effective in their struggles against meth.” Tribal council members Jonathan Windy Boy of Rocky Boy and Patty Carrywater of Fort Belknap are expected to attend. The first general session begins at the Great Northern Inn in Havre next Wednesday at 8 a. m. with an introduction to the effects of methamphetamine use. Through an interactive process participants will identify and develop a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to coalition development to address methamphetamine. Thursday, from 8 a.m. to noon, a combined general session and law enforcement track will convene. From 1 to 5 p.m. a law enforcement track with sworn personnel only will begin. The law enforcement session provides skill building courses for officers to employ all available resources to address meth users and dealers. Presenter Ronald W. Glensor, Ph.D., has more than 31 years of policing experience and has authored Hope and Harmony: How Seven Native American Communities Reduced Crime and Violence and several COPS Office case studies. On Friday, the course will conclude with Law Enforcement sensitivity training restricted to law enforcement personnel only. Tuition cost for this course is $175 for the general session on Feb. 20 (all-day) and Feb. 21 (8 a. m. to noon). The cost is $525 for the law enforcement sessions Feb. 21 (1 to 5 p.m.) and Feb. 22 (all-day). To attend all sessions, the fee is $700. To register, call 265-4200. When making hotel reservations, mention Lamar Associates to receive the group rate.