Following two workshops conducted at the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s training center in Nashville, Tenn., in February and April of this year, THP is hosting two further events with the Truckers Against Trafficking organization, founded to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and provide a bridge between enforcement and the trucking community to combat it.
Set to occur September 11 and November 13 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the same location, the training workshops are free to both law enforcement representatives and the trucking community to attend.
Says THP Lieutenant Bill Miller, the hope of the department has been that “all of our troopers would eventually be going through that” training in order to build awareness of the issue and increase enforcement effectiveness. At once, “we’ve tried to really reach out to the community and trucking industry to get people to participate” as well.
Says Captain Brandon Douglas, “We’re looking to make headway on that as an issue. As a dad myself, if you’ve seen or heard [the Truckers Against Trafficking organization] talk about it, it’s clear we all need to be focused on that.”
The venue is the THP Training Center annex gym at 283 Stewart’s Ferry Pike, near I-40 exit 218 in Nashville.
THP asks those interested in the trucking community to email John.Welker@tn.gov to reserve a space. Lt. Miller notes the workshops typically include lunch and/or refreshments and snacks.