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Law Enforcement Training

About Us

The Alabama Crime Prevention Clearinghouse & Training Institute delivers continuing education opportunities that assist law enforcement, state agencies, community groups, and schools in removing or reducing crime in their community and throughout the State of Alabama.

The Alabama Crime Prevention Clearinghouse & Training Institute, located at Auburn University at Montgomery, is a project funded by the Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs Law Enforcement & Traffic Safety Division and the Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement at Auburn University at Montgomery.  Linda Wright, who has over 30 years of leadership in the crime prevention field, directs the Clearinghouse. It also has a resource library and program materials. The Clearinghouse coordinates efforts, and partners with federal and state agencies such as, HIDTA, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Alabama Homeland Security, Alabama Peace Officers Association, and other agencies to sponsor statewide crime prevention training.

“One of the best training classes in my 30+ years of law enforcement” said David Carlington.

Contact Us for More Information

Linda M. Wright, Project Director
Phone: 334-244-3961
lwright3@aum.edu

Brittany Thomasson, Coordinator
Phone: 334-244-3804
bthomass@aum.edu

About the Instructors

Our instructors have real-world experience that they bring into the classroom. They go beyond the curriculum by including relevant tips and skills that they have gained through years of service in law enforcement. As experienced instructors, they use a combination of lecture and practical experience of case studies to help convey the course material. The following instructors have completed an Instructor Development Course and are APOST certified.

Dr. Harris is the Chair of the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department at Faulkner University. He holds a Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Alabama and a MS Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University Montgomery. Dr. Harris is a Certified APOST Instructor and is retired from the FBI and served in the Navy. He serves as a Board Member on the Alabama Sentencing Commission, Montgomery Chapter of CrimeStoppers, Governor’s Task Force on Prison Overcrowding and Montgomery Chapter of ASIS.

Mr. Thetford has over twenty-five years of experience as a FBI Prosecutor, Special Agent and Division Legal Counsel. He is also a member of the Alabama Bar and has provided legal advice and instruction for a variety of federal/state agencies. During his career he has investigated political corruption, white collar crime, and terrorism cases. Mr. Thetford is a Certified Police Instructor, Legal Instructor, Government Mediator, and Field Relief Supervisor for 10+ years. He currently serves as MJA Director and Professor of Criminal Justice at Faulkner University and has served as an instructor with the Alabama Department of Public Safety as well as a guest lecturer at the U.S. Air War College. Mr. Thetford practices law specializing in mediation procedures and consulting for police agencies and private industry. He serves as an elder and Sunday Scholl teacher in his Church and as a Certified Christian Conciliator, providing biblically-based mediation services and training.

Chief Bobby Blankenship, Chief of Police, Dothan Airport Police Department, currently has 25 years with Ozark Police Department (retired). Board of Directors Alabama Police Trainer Association, FBI National Academy #249, APOSTC certified instructor since 2004.

Lt. William J. Hough II
Chief Investigator (Retired)
Training Officer
Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department

Wesley Richerson is an experienced law enforcement instructor and holds instructor certifications from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.

He is currently employed at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as the Commander of the Administrative Division. His responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations and budgetary needs of the Sheriff’s Office. He is also the Assistant Emergency Communications Director for the Montgomery County Emergency 911 Center. He has directed the Training Division and served as the Tactical Commander of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. He previously served as the Commander of the Special Operations Bureau where he led investigations into narcotics, street gangs, and organized crime. During his career, he has served in the Patrol Division, K9 Unit, Narcotics Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, and as an Investigator on the FBI Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force.

Wesley has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Justice Administration from Faulkner University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 271.

Directions

AUM Continuing Education & Community Engagement
75 TechnaCenter Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117

From Atlanta: Take I-85 South to Montgomery. Take Exit 11/Mitylene. Turn right off the exit ramp onto Atlanta Highway. Turn right at the next traffic light onto TechnaCenter Drive; take an immediate right onto Atlanta Hwy 126; the TechnaCenter entrance is on your left 0.5 miles down the road; the Center for Lifelong Learning is on your left.

From Birmingham: Take I-65 South to Montgomery. Take I-85 North toward Atlanta. Take Exit 11/Mitylene. Turn left off the exit ramp onto Atlanta Highway. Turn right at the next traffic light ontoTechnaCenter Drive; take an immediate right onto Atlanta Hwy 126; the TechnaCenter entrance is on your left 0.5 miles down the road; the Center for Lifelong Learning is on your left.

From Mobile: Take I-65 North to Montgomery. Take I-85 North toward Atlanta. Take Exit 11/Mitylene. Turn left off the exit ramp onto Atlanta Highway. Turn right at the next traffic light onto TechnaCenter Drive; take an immediate right onto Atlanta Hwy 126; the TechnaCenter entrance is on your left 0.5 miles down the road; the Center for Lifelong Learning is on your left.

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Location

AUM Continuing Education & Community Engagement

Address

75 TechnaCenter Drive

Office Hours

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Call Today

334-244-3804

E-mail

ceinfo@outreach.aum.edu

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