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CAPCOG BPOCs add environmental law training

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Illegal trash dumping, air pollution, water pollution, hazmat incidents and incidents involving medical waste that affect the region’s water supply and threaten public health and safety are often criminal environmental activities. So starting this August, every cadet enrolled in CAPCOG’s Regional Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) will be better equipped to combat such environmental crimes when they are working as commissioned officers.

In April, the CAPCOG Law Enforcement Education Committee added a 4-hour segment of specialized environmental law training to the future BPOCs. Expert trainer Dennis Rudder, a sergeant investigator with the Travis County Attorney’s Office Environmental Crimes Unit, will lead the course segment. Rudder, the president of the Regional Environmental Task Force (RETF), serves as an instructor for Basic and Intermediate Environmental Law Training Courses requested throughout the state.

“It's not necessarily a single act, but the aggregation of numerous violations over time which is detrimental to the environment,” Rudder said. The addition of these course hours provides the foundation for new peace officers to prevent environmental crimes  from affecting the public’s health, safety and welfare.

The RETF is composed of code and law enforcement officers who work in  the CAPCOG 10-county region. The RETF creates awareness and addresses illegal dumping and the enforcement of Texas’ environmental laws. It is funded through CAPCOG’s Solid Waste Program; operates an illegal dumping hotline, 1-877-NO-DUMPS; and provides environmental law training, investigation, and prosecution assistance to local governments statewide.

> Learn about the RETF.
> Find out about CAPCOG's Basic Peace Officer Course.

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