Metal Theft Training
by Cops for Cops
Professional training provided by practicing Law Enforcement Officers on copper theft and other metal theft.
We are very proud of the results our training has driven. The training provided to Long Beach Police Department (L.B.P.D.) has seen a successful Metal Theft pilot program take place. A press release of L.B.P.D.'s decision to continue their metal impact program is very exciting and we hope to train other law enforcement organizations so they can implement successful programs.
Copper and other metal theft has reached epidemic problems both within the US and globally. According to the US Department of Energy, copper theft is a $1billion problem. Metal theft is on the rise due to increased motivation and opportunity. Motivation is fueled by high metal prices based on significant international demand for metals such as copper. Opportunity exists in many places as there are large amounts of unsecured metal that is in high demand. Meth and other drug users have been capitalizing on this demand, the availability of these metals and the weak regulations around the resale of metal to create a means of supporting their habits.
Common targets for copper theives include:
We're working to stop this cycle of metal theft to support drug abuse. Our training will provide you with details on how to join this fight. We're proud to have trained several California Highway Patrol officers and pleased to share some CHP tips for spotting copper theft.
Susan Lavin is the founder and lead presenter of Copper Theft Solutions. Sue has been instrumental in helping shape the metal theft laws in California and has featured in several San Francisco Chronicle articles.
Officer Susan Lavin launches enforcement of a City ordinance to crack down on metal theft. Sue is pictured above with two of her colleagues and a local recycler as they enforce the City's permit law for sale of scrap metal.
Officer Susan Lavin comments on the laws requiring anyone who sells scrap metal in the City to one of the junk recyclers to have a permit.
There are many laws already in place to support the effective prosecution of metal thieves and drug users involved in the crime. Our training provides you with everything you need to know about the current laws as well as proposed legislation.
Senator Tom Berryhill has been instrumental in changing the laws to enable Law Enforcement to successfully prosecute metal thieves, for example AB 844.
Supervisor Malia Cohen passed legislation to better regulate the sale of junk materials in San Francisco. This includes:
• Reforming the existing permitting process
• Requiring junk dealers to renew their permits annually
• Restricting who can sell junk
• Enabling the Police Department to suspend or revoke permits for dealers
who violate the ordinance
We are pleased to have sponsorship from the following law enforcement agencies
The Western Regional Counterdrug Training Center's mission is to provide the highest quality training at the lowest possible cost to all those involved in the fight against drug trafficking and substance abuse. All of our training is tuition FREE, and is available for law enforcement officers, treatment and prevention professionals and community coalition members and military personnel. Classes are being added continuously. On-site courses are conducted at Camp Murray, Tacoma, Washington, near Joint Base Lewis - McChord. Mobile counterdrug training is also available and may be scheduled upon request. Please explore our website to see our current course offerings. For further information and requests for training, contact WRCTC at 877-311-2699 or 253-512-8706 or by fax 253-512-8220.
|11/05/2014||The upcoming San Jose Class is the first sponsored class that will be held at San Jose Water company's main facility. This is a huge step in an alliance to coordinate and network with the different agencies that are victims of Metal Theft and other crimes associated with Methamphetamine. We will have guest speakers from several agencies and San Jose Water will give a presentation on how to partner up with local law enforcement to combat these crimes, recover stolen items and prevent future thefts. It is a big step in the willingness to help with a coordinated Statewide effort. Big thanks to San Jose Water for making this happen.|
|11/05/2014||The upcoming San Jose Class is the first sponsored class that will be held at San Jose Water Department Company's main facility. This is a huge step in an alliance to coordinate and network with the different agencies that are victims of Metal Theft and other crimes associated with Methamphetamine. We will have guest speakers from several agencies and San Jose Water will give a presentation on how to partner up with local law enforcement to combat these crimes, recover stolen items and prevent future thefts. It is a big step in the willingness to help with a coordinated Statewide effort. Big thanks to San Jose Water for making this happen.|
|11/03/2014||In the coming months we will be scheduling several classes in Northern and Southern California. These classes will be posted on the training sites of HIDTA both in the Bay Area and the Los Angeles Area. In our future classes we will have guest speakers from Utility companies and from different law enforcement agencies regarding the partner ship that they have with local utilities and working together to fight the crime of Metal Theft.|
|08/06/2013||Lt Travis Martinez from Redlands Police Department will be a guest speaker at the upcoming LACLEAR class. Lt Martinez will discuss GPS tracking used by the Redlands Police Department and how to stake out and apprehend career criminals in respect to Metal theft, bicycle theft, commercial burglary, auto burglary and laptop theft. Lt Martinez will be speaking on case studies and the amount of arrests that can be made on using GPS technology.|
|08/03/2013||This month we held a class in Modesto at the Modesto Police Department. Del Unruh, PG&E Investigator, gave a great presentation regarding the new Southwire copper cable used by PG&E that has serial codes that can prove ownership for prosecution. We also had a former Deputy Chief, Kevin Batchelor from the California State Division of Measurement Standards (Weights and Measures) who gave us valuable information regarding the work that they have done in the past to help local law enforcement agencies. Great networking and thanks to Modesto Police Department for hosting the class, we were able to share our knowledge and experience with the Central Valley.|
|06/26/2013||This month we held classes at Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and HIDTA LA CLEAR in Los Angeles. Both groups of students were very focused and driven because they were surrounded by like minded investigators being educated together. East Bay Mud and PG&E attended Contra Costa Class, while Edison and Department of Toxic Substances Control attended LA CLEAR. Both classes made very strong connections, and these connections will continue in the fight to stop the cycle of metal theft. “The more people educated the better off we are” – Contra Costa Class|
|05/28/2013||It was a pleasure to be invited to present at the 2013 APOA Crime Conference in beautiful Kenai-Soldotna. The Alaska Peace Officers Association is a dynamic, professional and fraternal organization and we really appreciate the help and support they provided for our company. Special thanks to Mark Pearson, APOA, along with Angela Raven and Jason Wilfong from Western Regional Counterdrug Training Center for providing the funding. Copper Theft Training is very priviledged to be listed as one of WRCTC contracted courses.|
|05/11/2013||Sue Lavin of Copper Theft Solutions in the news with Senator Tom Berryhill as they continue to push legislation to tighten up metal theft. Read full article on Union Democrat.|
|04/22/2013||Payments can now be made online. Select payments from the menu bar at the top of the screen and enter your order number. New registrations will be provided with a direct email link.|
|04/18/2013||We are delighted to have the following guest speakers at our upcoming Sacramento Class|
Jennifer Rush, Leads Online
Jim Leonard, PG&E
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