University of Pittsburgh
January 17, 2002

Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Launches 2002 Series of Training Seminars for Police Officers Jan. 25

Contact:  412-624-4147

January 18, 2002

PITTSBURGH—A series of nine three-day training seminars for police officers—with one track of six seminars focusing on general issues faced by all law enforcement personnel and the other track of three seminars on management concerns—is being offered throughout 2002 by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Instructors will include faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and other local institutions, law enforcement professionals, and elected officials.

Coordinated by the Police Training and Development Unit in GSPIA's Office of Executive Education, the 2002 Police Issues Training Series opens Jan. 25 with "Law Enforcement Response to Terrorism."

This course deals with the threat of domestic terrorism in the United States. A history of terrorism—including cyberterrorism, a detailed discussion of the responses available to law enforcement, profiles of terrorist organizations and individuals, and the psychological aspects of terrorism—will be covered. The seminar will open with remarks by Pennsylvania Attorney General Michael D. Fisher.

Future topics to be explored in the 2002 Police Issues Training Series include forensic investigations (Feb. 22-24), interviewing and interrogating (March 22-24), technology in law enforcement (April 19-21), school violence (Oct. 18-20), and troubled police departments

(Nov. 15-17). The target audience comprises mid-level supervisory police officers currently working in law enforcement.

Scheduled topics for the 2002 Police Management Series are command operations procedures and police labor relations (May 24-26), issues in police administration (June 21-23), and command accountability/leadership for police supervisors (Sept. 20-22). These sessions are geared toward command staff and mid-level supervisory police officers currently working in law enforcement.

All seminars are held in Room 2K56 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet Street, on the Pitt campus. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of each seminar. The sessions run from 9 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. each day.

The cost of each seminar is $175 per person. Participants may be eligible for academic credit. For more details, call 412/648-7430, or visit the Web site,, and click on "Executive Education."

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