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Due To New Human Trafficking Laws, More Officers Urged To Take Updated Online Course

MGN Online

Thousands of law enforcement have gotten online training course on human trafficking in Florida. State officials are hoping even more will take an updated elective course.

Back in 2013, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office partnered to develop the “Introduction to Human Trafficking” online training course.

“The course required some updates due to the recent law changes in human trafficking, which greatly helps us,” said Bondi. “And, FDLE worked so hard on this with my office over the summer to update the course and it’s now live again on the FDLE website.”

And, due to the update, Bondi says she’s encouraging those who took the course before to take it again.

“So, as of September 26th, 5,489 law enforcement officers have taken the course, and I just can’t encourage people enough to take this two-hour course,” she added. “It’s just so important.”

Springfield Police Chief Philip Thorne—who sits on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking with Bondi—says he’s impressed by the number of smaller law enforcement agencies—like his own—whose officers have already taken the course.

“I’m going to give some kudos to my assistant chief who ensured that not only did my full-time officers, but my reserve officers took the training and that’s reflected in the numbers,” said Thorne. “But, we will now, because it’s been updated, I’ll go back by the end of October, my folks will have taken it again. So, good tool!”

Throne says he and others also intend to talk to the Florida Police Chiefs Association as well as the Florida Sheriffs Association to encourage more law enforcement to take the course.

For more information, visit FDLE’s website.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.