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Betsy C. Jividen

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April 16, 2010

West Liberty University Highlands Center
Site of Recent Interdiction Training

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that West Liberty University Highlands Center was the location for the recent Criminal Interdiction Training and Seminar hosted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the El Paso Intelligence Center, with assistance from the United States Attorney’s Office and the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office.

Over 90 officers from West Virginia and Pennsylvania attended the training which focused on Criminal Interdiction of passenger vehicles and commercial carriers. Interdiction includes narcotics, firearms, explosives, terrorists, and fugitives. The Nation’s streets and highways are the criminal’s most vulnerable avenues of transportation. The training was designed to reinforce awareness and techniques that assist officers in becoming more productive in interdiction activities while maintaining high officer safety.

According to Acting USA Jividen, “We were fortunate to have this caliber of training here in the Northern Panhandle to offer to our law enforcement community. Our thanks and appreciation is extended to the faculty and staff at West Liberty’s Highlands Center for working with us to provide such excellent facilities for our training.”

“In many ways it was an honor to host so many of our state police, sheriffs and municipal police throughout the northern panhandle,” stated the Highlands Team. “A big part of why the West Liberty University Highlands Center is here, is to serve our community. We hope to continue to work closely with law enforcement in future endeavors.” The Highlands Team includes Rhonda Tysk, Highlands Campus Administrator; Dr. Thomas Michaud, Dean, School of Professional Studies; and Larry Williams, Continuing Education Coordinator.

The United States Attorney’s Office, through its Law Enforcement Coordinator, will continue to enhance training opportunities for law enforcement officers throughout the Northern District of West Virginia.

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