Release* Date: July 21, 2011
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: July 21, 2011
Bio-training course set for police
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today that 21 law enforcement officers from around the state will take part in an intensive, five-day course offering the latest techniques for collecting evidence from a crime scene in the event that hazardous materials were intentionally released into the environment.
course, ‘’Advanced Forensic Investigations for Hazardous Environments,’’ will
be offered by the
team of faculty members from the
The team is headed by Edward Wallace, a retired New York City police detective who participated in gathering evidence at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attack. He also works as director of forensics training at the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
‘’As unpleasant as it is to envision the possibility of a bio-terrorist attack, it is the duty of law enforcement to be prepared for any emergency,’’ Prosecutor Kaplan said. ‘’Being prepared is a vital aspect of deterrence.’’
Law enforcement officers from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the East Brunswick Police Department, the Woodbridge Police Department, the Division of Criminal Justice of the state Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Police, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence Police Department have signed up for the class.
The 40 hours of instruction includes the use equipment provided by LSU.
$1 million in equipment, including protective gear, breathing apparatus and
laboratory facilities, will be provided at no cost to
Goals of the program are to teach officers how to properly collect evidence of an environmental crime and provide expert testimony in the prosecution of those who commit such crimes.