Meth Enforcement Training
With big changes coming to the funding of meth lab enforcement and clean-up, nationwide, training could never be more important for local law enforcement. Officers who specialize in cracking down on meth crimes were in West Tennessee to receive required enforcement training. Not only is it necessary for their state certification, but officers said brining officers together helps them understand the drug trends in other areas. It also allows theme to learn what could be headed their way and how to handle it best. “From region to region, county to county, those trends can be different,” said Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force. “So we want to share and take the information that is learned in other districts and other areas or even other states and bring that information and make sure everyone is on the same page and we’re uniformed in our approach and our efforts across the state.” In the next budget, the state of Tennessee is expected to lose $5 million in federal community oriented police grants, which are used to fund meth clean-ups. It is still unclear where the money will come from to clean-up sites where meth is made. In 2010, the state reported 2,028 meth labs were busted in Tennessee.