Officers Educated on Truck Bombs, Drug Smuggling and Meth Labs
Frankfort, KY - Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) officers are hosting a drug and anti-terrorism conference this week in Lexington to educate police officers on how to better identify and handle crisis situations involving truck bombs, drug smuggling and biological warfare.
“As Kentucky’s first responders, law enforcement officers must have the most up-to-date training to protect our commonwealth. This training will assist our officers in the areas of homeland security and drug interdiction,” said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. “I am proud of the officers and all they do to help keep Kentucky safe."
According to federal officials, approximately 8.5 million commercial trucks operate within the United States each year. State officials estimate commercial motor vehicles log more than 6.1 billion miles on Kentucky’s 77,000 miles of roadways. In 2004, KVE officers reported 7.8 million contacts with commercial motor vehicles thorough routine weighing procedures, citations and safety inspections.
“KVE officers never know what they are going to face while they are out keeping our highways safe,” said KVE Commissioner Greg Howard. “That’s why training like this is so important. Just a few years ago people would have laughed at the idea of truck bombs and meth labs in tractor-trailers. Now it’s an everyday fear and reality.”
Approximately 75 officers, representing 11 separate agencies from 8 different states are participating in the training. Officers will also receive special instruction from F.B.I agents, U.S. Department of Transportation officials and homeland security experts.
“These training programs are essential components in our overall mission to ensure a ready and prepared Kentucky,” said Keith Hall, Kentucky's Director of Homeland Security. “Kentucky's law enforcement officers and first responders need to have the best training possible to ensure an effective response in the event of an emergency. Through our strong partnership with Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, we are working to achieve that important goal.”
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) is charged with protecting our highways and citizens by regulating, inspecting and monitoring the safety of commercial vehicles.
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