Gannon University’s Criminal Justice Program Hosts Regional Training Seminar

Posted: May 16, 2016

The alarming increase in the number of deaths attributed to heroin and opioid overdoses regionally and nationally is an area of immediate concern to public safety officials. Gannon University will play host to 45 law enforcement officials from Erie, Crawford and Venango Counties for a one-day seminar on Monday May 16 in techniques for investigating heroin and opioid overdoses.

The seminar, which is part of a national initiative by the Drug Enforcement Agency called Operation Trojan Horse, will be conducted by trainers from the DEA's Pittsburgh District office and Philadelphia division. 

The seminar will include training in prescription pharmaceutical investigations, Fentanyl awareness and safety and data collection and intelligence analysis.

The initiative on heroin and opiate overdose investigations throughout Western Pennsylvania involves the collaboration of the Office of the U.S. Attorney, the Office of the District Attorney from each county, the DEA, the FBI, the Pennsylvania State Police, and other local and state law enforcement agencies.

"The Criminal Justice Program at Gannon University is pleased to sponsor this important training opportunity for our law enforcement officers responding to the opioid addiction crisis currently plaguing our communities," said Jerry Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice and a retired FBI Special Agent with 27 years of service with the FBI, DEA, NCIS other law enforcement organizations.