Pennsylvania Food Defense Symposium

May 12, 2015 - A free symposium will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in Harrisburg  for the food and agriculture industry, law enforcement, emergency services, emergency management and public health personnel.  Officials from the FDA, FBI, US Department of Homeland Security, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State University will present on the current agro domestic and international terrorism threats, WMD coordination, intentional food tampering, emerging disease threats, common vulnerabilities and protective measures to protect critical infrastructure and the FDA's perspective on food defense.  Contact Homeland Security for additional information and a registration form.



"POCONO FLASH" Prevention & Protection Tabletop Exercise for the Pocono Raceway (NASCAR)
March 26, 2015 - Monroe County Emergency Management Agency

NCCHT 022.JPGMonroe County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security prepared a mass gathering, sports venue tabletop exercise involving several multi-threat scenarios including planned disruptions, active shooters and a possible bio attack for Pocono Raceway officials and area first responders. With close to 60 in attendance at the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency in Stroudsburg, the exercise covered federal, state, local and private sector prevention, protection and mitigation activities. The purpose of the exercise was to test coordination and inter-operability issues, information sharing capabilities and identify and exercise the decision makers' options open to them as incidents arise which call for planning and deployment of personnel.



Homeland Security Hosts Human Trafficking Symposium:
March 3, 2015 - Villanova University of Pennsylvania

NCCHT 022.JPGHomeland Security hosted a human trafficking symposium for federal, state and local officials and prosecutorsat Villanova University on human trafficking in Pennsylvania.Speakers took our guests through the process of sex and labor trafficking cases from investigation to prosecution providing valuable lessons with regard to recognizing the crime and effectively bringing the defendants to justice.The complexities of language barriers, foreign banking and currency exchange, illegal immigration and foreign government assistance in prosecutions were also addressed.The goal of this event was to provide advanced training and as a result the attendees could more effectively accomplish our strategic objective which is to enhance the interdiction and disruption capability as prescribed within the National Preparedness Goal. For each attorney in attendance theContinuingLegalEducationBoardprovidedsixcontinuingeducationcredithours.Pictured is Zane Memeger, US Attorney-Eastern District of Pennsylvania.



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