Selma DA, U.S. Attorney’s Office host officer training

Published 8:21 am Wednesday, May 16, 2018

By Adam Dodson
The Selma Times-Journal

The Selma District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office from Mobile are teaming up to provide a law enforcement training conference at the Carl C. Morgan Center.

The event will feature law agencies representing more than 15 different jurisdictions including federal agencies such as the FBI, the DEA and the ATF. According to Selma District Attorney Michael Jackson, the conference allows officers to be trained in a variety of special topics and also provides a good opportunity for agencies and their members to network.

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This networking opens up opportunities for new ideas incepted out of law agencies working together who otherwise would not have. Furthermore, inter-organizational communication is something that can be bolstered at meetings such as these.

With local law enforcement agencies such as the Selma Police Department and Dallas County and Wilcox County Sheriff Departments, this inter-organizational communication could bode fruitful results.

“It is good networking that allows all of us to sit down and talk about our community,” Jackson said. “We get officers from all over the place.”

According to Jackson, they have a class on violent crime, opioid addictions and others. These classes are designed to make law enforcement agents better-prepared for the realities of what they may see on the job.

In addition, the conference will serve as a planning grounds for upcoming action Jackson and others have planned for gang members, drug dealers and others causing violent crimes in their community.