From the Section’s earliest incarnation, a major part of its mission has been the training of others in the environmental crimes specialty – prosecutors, agents, technical personnel. ECS has a special expertise in this business and, by spreading knowledge to others, can increase the resources available to combat environmental crimes.
Training efforts by ECS attorneys take a variety of forms. ECS hosts an annual Environmental Crimes Seminar at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center (NAC) in Columbia, South Carolina. In addition to that course, Section attorneys:
- have developed and executed specialized training programs (for example, vessel pollution training),
- are called upon as faculty for training programs given by the regional environmental organizations of state and local government, and
- provide training for its law enforcement, including the EPA, FBI and other agencies, as well as for representatives of foreign governments.