Houston FBI Field Office recognizes VC Police Academy

The Victoria College Police Academy received an award for helping the Houston FBI Field Office conduct an anti-terrorism training seminar.

The Victoria College Police Academy, in partnership with the Victoria Police Department, was recently recognized for its help in furthering the mission of the Houston FBI Field Office by conducting an anti-terrorism training seminar.

The seminar, held Sept. 11 at the Victoria Community Center, drew nearly 100 law enforcement agents from numerous federal, state and local jurisdictions from all over the state.

Using material provided by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training organization, the one-day seminar provided specialized terrorism and extremism orientation along with interdiction, investigation and prevention training to participants.

Topics included how to recognize the warning signs of terrorist activities, threat assessments and intelligence-gathering techniques.

A major component of the mission of the FBI's Houston Field Office is focused on anti-terrorism due to the South Texas region's proximity to the Mexican border and the presence of an interstate highway.

"The reason why this kind of training is important is so that smaller agencies, who typically don't have the same resources as large metropolitan area agencies, can take advantage of this kind of training," said VC Police Academy Director James Martinez. "Any law enforcement agent anywhere could come in contact with a suspected terrorist, even those in rural areas."

The VC Police Department was also recognized for its contribution in arranging for the seminar venue.