A world-renowned explosives expert will be among several FBI personnel…

A world-renowned explosives expert will be among several FBI personnel providing training to Jacksonville-area law enforcement officers on January 23 – 25, 2008, according to Michael J. Folmar, Special Agent in Charge of the Jacksonville Division of the FBI.

Dr. Kirk Yeager of the FBI Laboratory’s Explosives Unit, along with other FBI instructors, will be providing classroom training and practical exercises designed to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement officers, especially canine units, in the detection and handling of peroxide-based explosives. Dr. Yeager holds a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Cornell University and has deployed with the FBI to the scenes of numerous terrorist bombings around the world.

The increasing use of these peroxide-based and liquid explosives by terrorist and criminal groups worldwide has led to the need for additional training. More than 200 participants are expected to receive the instruction, including officers and explosives-detection dogs from a number of federal, state, and local agencies. Classroom training will be held at Florida Department of Law Enforcement facilities in Jacksonville, with the practical exercises taking place at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Academy, 4715 Capper Road, Jacksonville.

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