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RETF to train special enforcement, deterrent methods

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Regional Environmental Task Force (RETF) and CAPCOG will host two courses on how to recognize and enforce environmental crimes. The courses being provided for sanitarians, code enforcement officers, and peace officers will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16 at the Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Road, Building A in Austin.

“This region is growing very fast, and that makes environmental crimes a big problem with the potential of occurring in every neighborhood and every area,” said Dennis Rudder, Sgt. Investigator for the Travis County Attorney’s Office and RETF president. “These courses bring environmental law to the forefront, and teach officers how to practically use the health and safety code and water code to investigate and prosecute crimes based on the experiences of the RETF.”

Both courses will cover subjects including public nuisance, solid waste violations, illegal dumping, illegal outdoor burning, and water pollution. The first course teaches a basic understanding of the topics, while the second teaches an advanced level. The latter also will cover household hazardous waste violations and the identification of hazardous chemicals. Each biennium the training is updated to reflect recent legislative changes. CAPCOG and the RETF have offered this training throughout the state since 2007 and taught more than 600 people. Peace officers, code enforcement officers and sanitarians can receive six training hours of continuing education for taking each course. The basic course also offers four continuing education units to on-site sewage facility workers.

> Attend the basic course.
> Attend the intermediate course.
> Learn more about the RETF.

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