Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Consumer & Environmental Protection Unit Provides Training to Students at the Advanced Environmental Crimes Training Program

Members of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Consumer & Environmental Protection Unit just returned from several days of training at the Advanced Environmental Crimes Training Program in San Luis Obispo.

Lead Deputy District Attorney Douglas Poston and Deputy District Attorney Rick Lal served as instructors in the intensive two-week program which is hosted by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The training is for regulators, scientists and law enforcement personnel whose jobs involve the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes.

Students take part in the mock search
warrant being executed
According to Lead DDA Doug Poston, the training involved a (mock) hazardous waste spill, interviews, a search warrant and a mock trial. A graduate of the preliminary one-week course, San Bernardino County Senior District Attorney Investigator Steve Rivera was among the students this year.

Having instructed the class once before this past spring, Poston and Lal were invited back to join their colleagues and once again share their knowledge and experience with statewide environmental justice-seekers.

“It is an honor and privilege to be invited by the US EPA to join them in training professionals from all around the State to do their jobs better,” Poston said. “Our participation continues to demonstrate San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos’ commitment to leadership in statewide environmental law enforcement.”

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