Gallant attends DC conference

Dec. 13, 2012 Advertiser Democrat

WASHINGTON, DC — On November 28 and 29, the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Department of Justice’s research, development and evaluation agency, invited Sheriff Wayne Gallant, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Tom White, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to attend an expert workshop in Washington DC.

Sheriff Gallant at DC workshop
EXPERT WORKSHOP — From left are Sheriff Wayne J. Gallant, Oxford County Sheriff; Andy Feist and Liz White, Home Office Law Enforcement, London, England;' and Detective Thomas White, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

This working group examines the impact of transnational organized crime on state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and their communities. Transnational organized crime is impacting a range of communities and criminal justice agencies are responding accordingly.

Gallant and White were the only two officers invited from Maine and they were honored to be part of a group of 25 to 30 other representatives of governmental agencies from this country and around the world who are implementing the White House Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime.

The conference afforded the law enforcement officers to focus on the most significant impediments to developing effective responses to transnational organized crime at the state, local and tribal levels.

The group discussed promising practices and how best to move forward as a community. The information obtained from the work group will used to inform the National Institute of Justice’s research agenda and will help inform the policies and programs that the Department and sister agencies implement to fight transnational organized crime.

The National Institute of Justice paid all travel expenses and per diem costs associated with the conference.