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HCSO Hosts Seminar on Opioid Related Deaths


HCSO Hosts Seminar on Homicide Investigations with an Emphasis on Opioid Related Deaths

Hamilton County, TN – Throughout this week, beginning on Monday, March 12th, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a seminar taught by the world renowned Law Enforcement Training firm, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, to area law enforcement investigators to help investigate potential opioid related deaths.

This week long training contained modules in crime scene analysis, interview tactics, and interrogation principles, investigation of opioid related overdoses and deaths, false confessions, and courtroom testimony. The training also focused on investigating how opioid related drugs are procured, how the trade of illegal opioids is conducted, and tips on how to work with prosecutors and providing effective presentation of evidence at trials.

Our nation and our state are facing a crisis resulting in addiction to and overdose related deaths from the production and sale of illegal drugs. Law enforcement across our nation are working diligently to help educate their respective communities on the adverse effects of illegal opioid use and manufacturing. This includes aggressive law enforcement operations geared at holding those who hurt our community and cause death and destruction of lives accountable.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced an aggressive and comprehensive plan to end the opioid epidemic in Tennessee by focusing on three major components: prevention, treatment and law enforcement. TN Together is a multi-faceted initiative that addresses the issue of opioid addiction through legislation, proposed funding in the governor’s 2018-19 budget and executive actions.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to joining with Governor Haslam and our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to combat this dangerous opioid epidemic that is killing members of our community.

By providing this unique training course and aggressively going after those who willingly manufacture and distribute dangerous opioids in our community, the HCSO and local and regional law enforcement agencies are supporting the law enforcement prong of Governor Haslam’s TN Together Plan.

The following law enforcement agencies participated in this week’s training seminar:

10th Judicial Drug Taskforce (JDTF)

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office

Chattanooga Police Department

Cleveland Police Department

Collegedale Police Department

East Ridge Police Department

Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Red Bank Police Department

Soddy Daisy Police Department

For more information regarding Governor Bill Haslam’s TN Together Plan, please visit: https://www.tn.gov/governor/news/2018/1/22/haslam-announces-aggressive--comprehensive-plan-to-end-tennessee-s-opioid-epidemicemic.html

For more information regarding local efforts to combat opioid prevention, please visit the Hamilton County Coalition’s Website: https://www.hccoalition.org/battlingoverdoses

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