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Wicker Offers Amendment to Continue Regional Counterdrug Training Academies

Naval Air Station Meridian home to one of five academies nationwide

Friday, November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) on Thursday introduced an amendment to authorize Regional Counterdrug Training Academies (RCTA) through 2019.  Wicker, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, offered the measure to the FY2013 National Defense Authorization, which is being considered in the Senate currently.

“Illicit drug use remains a significant problem throughout much of the country,” said Wicker.  “Its impact on families and communities can be devastating.  Coordinated approaches from local, state, and federal entities are essential.  The training that is offered to civilian law enforcement and others at the nation’s counterdrug academies exemplifies this coordinated approach and is an important tool in the effort to combat the problem at all levels.”

The Mississippi National Guard operates a training academy at Naval Air Station Meridian.  It is one of five centers nationwide.  Wicker toured the facility in February, meeting with leaders to discuss their work.

RCTA offers vital investigative support, drug demand reduction, narco-terrorism, and officer safety training to thousands of local, state, and federal law enforcement officials, community-based prevention professionals, and first responders around the country every year.  

Thousands of law enforcement officers benefit annually under this program, which is administered by the National Guard.  It is particularly beneficial to law enforcement officers who are located in rural areas.

A copy of Wicker’s amendment can be downloaded here.  

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