California POST Honors SEARCH Trainers

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Keith Daniels


Lauren Wagner
Two of SEARCH's High-Tech Crime Training Specialists received awards for "Excellence in Training" at the May 2009 California POST Instructor Symposium conducted in San Mateo, California.

The annual symposium of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) brings together several hundred California law enforcement trainers who become students for 24 hours. During the symposium, the trainers attended various workshops to hone their training skills. This year's symposium was coordinated and hosted by the San Diego Regional Training Center.

California POST-in conjunction with its Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) program, as well as the Instructor Development Institute (IDI)-recognizes a small number of instructors each year who excel in the training arena. Award recipients are nominated by ICI course presenters and the award criteria includes training activities that have gone above and beyond those normally expected of a law enforcement trainer and/or activities that have demonstrated significant innovation in the field and whose efforts have led to the advancement of the ICI program.

Ms. Lauren Wagner and Mr. Keith Daniels, SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Specialists, were recognized for their Excellence in Training and each received an award during the symposium's lunchtime ceremony. Mr. Rich Harris, the Director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program at SEARCH, presented the awards on behalf of the ICI program.

During the presentation, Harris explained that the SEARCH trainers had not only advanced the California ICI program, but had used the high standards of the ICI program in SEARCH's nationwide training efforts.

"Lauren and Keith have impressed me as two of the best trainers I have ever seen in a classroom," Harris said. Harris also cited the trainers' dedication to students, which has been especially well demonstrated through SEARCH's ongoing technical assistance program. Through this program, SEARCH trainers provide guidance and expertise to investigators on current criminal investigations. "Lauren and Keith help solve at least one crime in nearly every course they teach," according to Harris.

SEARCH is a certified ICI Foundation Specialty Course Presenter (Computer Crime) and offers a number of ICI courses throughout the year at its National Criminal Justice Computer Laboratory and Training Center in Sacramento. For more information on the SEARCH High Tech Crime Training Services Program, please see: http://www.search.org/programs/hightech. For more information about the California POST ICI program, please see: http://post.ca.gov/Training/ici. For more information about the San Diego Regional Training Center, please see: http://www.sdrtc.org.