Law enforcement and prosecutors from Texas participated in a Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ (FLETC) Human Trafficking Awareness Training (HTAT) on February 22, 2023.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office hosted the training, which took place in San Antonio. More than 40 law enforcement officers from eight different agencies attended the training, along with congressional staff from Texas.
“Human trafficking is one of the most underreported crimes, and it’s a global scourge,” said U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Texas. “FLETC trainings give law enforcement officials the tools to help identify the common indicators of human trafficking, and I’m grateful for their willingness to fight back against this horrendous crime.”
The HTAT program provides law enforcement with an in-depth understanding of the crime of human trafficking and highlights many of the primary indicators they may encounter throughout their shifts. The training consists of case studies, videos, and student-centered activities to enhance the learning experience.
The training included a panel of federal, state, and local human trafficking subject matter experts, including representatives from the Texas State Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, the local Police Human Trafficking Task Force, and Victim Advocate groups. This part of the instruction introduced law enforcement to Texas-based resources they can call on to assist with suspected human-trafficking situations.
FLETC began developing training on the signs and indicators of human trafficking in late 2009. In 2015, FLETC began incorporating human-trafficking awareness training into its basic programs for all new federal law enforcement officers and agents. In 2019, FLETC completed the development of its introductory HTAT program.
A component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FLETC provides career-long training to law enforcement professionals to help them fulfill their responsibilities safely and proficiently. Through strategic partnerships, FLETC prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, property, and institutions.
Law enforcement and prosecutors from Texas participated in a Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ (FLETC) Human Trafficking Awareness Training (HTAT) which provides an in-depth understanding of the crime of human trafficking on Feb. 22, 2023, San Antonio, Texas. (Courtesy Photo)
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