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 Law enforcement outcomes demonstrate effectiveness of TAT training
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has implemented all components of the Iowa
MVE model. Beginning in October, a short TAT message began appearing on all inspec- tion reports handed to truck drivers at weigh stations/ports of entry around the state. Commercial Industry Enforcement Program officers include Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) and TAT information in their safety compliance meetings to trucking and busing entities in their state, including terminals/truck stops. TAT has been given the contact information for the director of school bus training for the state of California and hopes to see BOTL made part of the curriculum for school bus drivers around the state.
Oregon expanded TAT wallet-card distribution at all weigh stations and ports of entry throughout the state. TAT materials were handed out at the next 48-hour truck inspection detail following training. One Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) instructor sought permission to add a 2-hour TAT course into his level 2 instructors’ training curriculum. There is interest in bringing TAT’s BOTL curriculum to the NW Motor Coach Association, and an ODOT bus inspector took a large supply of BOTL materials to introduce to the busing companies with which he works in the state. There is inter- est with ODOT and the Oregon State Patrol (OSP) to work with the Oregon Trucking Association to bring TAT’s Freedom Drivers Project to the state fair in 2019 for a joint safety event with the respective agencies. TAT has been invited back to conduct training in the eastern and southern parts of the state. An ODOT training coordinator plans to get all public transit drivers from the 125 different transit agencies in the state BOTL trained. This will include Portland, which has over 2,500 drivers alone.
Within a week of the training, there were two separate incidences of suspected trafficking spotted by ODOT and OSP officers who had attended the training. They credit their ability to identify these cases as a direct result of the training they received from TAT.
TAT’s law enforcement training video has been incorporated into orientation and ongoing training protocol. Tennessee Highway Patrol are stocking their weigh stations with wallet cards and posters and seeking permission to begin showing the TAT video, Everyone a Changemaker, on a loop in the weigh stations. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) attended one of the Tennessee trainings and passed along BOTL materials to the Tennessee Busing Association. TAT sent more materials to the FMCSA to distribute to members of the commercial busing industry in Tennessee. All school bus drivers in the state of Tennessee will be trained with BOTL in the 2019/ 2020 school year through the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
Minnesota is distributing TAT wallet cards at all weigh stations and ports of entry through- out the state. The Minnesota State Police invited TAT to train school bus drivers, and TAT conducted a train-the-trainer with police departments from around the state.
All 29 ports of entry are now stocked as a direct result of the training. Illinois State Police will be adding the TAT law enforcement training video into the training academy in 2019. TAT has been invited to do additional training with Illinois State Police in other parts of the state. The BOTL training video will be sent to all troopers, as well as the FMCSA. TAT con- ducted two trainings in Macon County later in the year with Macon County Sheriffs and local police departments; it was the first human trafficking training received by those officers.
Leadership for the Montana Highway Patrol from around the state attended a two-hour briefing on human trafficking. The TAT law enforcement training video has been viewed by all troopers around the state and will now be part of the curriculum at the Academy. Montana Highway Patrol is now investigating the possibility of bringing TAT in for the full four-hour training for their troopers.
As the co-creator of the Iowa MVE model, Iowa has already fully adopted the Iowa MVE model. TAT trained 100 of its officers this year ... a refresher course for some, but since the division has seen a lot of change, there were many new officers. This training was their first on human trafficking and TAT’s work.
California fully adopts Iowa MVE model; training has resulted in victim recovery
Capt. Sean Duryee, Office of Special Representative, California Highway Patrol (CHP), arrived early for his presentation at the California Trucking Association meeting in January. This
enabled him to hear the TAT pre- sentation by Kylla Lanier, TAT’s deputy director.
“As a father, the
personal stories
touched me, and
I immediately felt
the desire to help
out in some way,” he recalled.
As he read through the requirements of the Iowa MVE model, it was apparent to him that CHP could be an asset to the state’s efforts combating human trafficking. He believed
the CHP’s commercial vehicle enforcement and education programs were a “natural fit”
to partner with California trucking companies and TAT to educate more drivers and law enforcement officers, increasing awareness of the indicators of human trafficking.
In the months since that meeting, CHP has fully implemented the Iowa MVE model, mak- ing it one of six states in the nation to do so. “Partnering with TAT, local law enforcement agencies, and other public safety stakeholders has drawn awareness to the epidemic of human trafficking here in California,” Duryee shared. “Truckers, law enforcement officers, district attorneys and other community members have an increased awareness of the problem and the resources available to combat it.”
He continued, “TAT has been incredible. Since my first introduction to TAT, I have had the opportunity to attend multiple events and presentations by TAT staff. It is obvious they sincerely care and are committed to combating human trafficking, educating the public, and recovering victims – bottom line. I have seen firsthand how the training works and how it has benefitted my officers in educating them
in the indicators of human trafficking. This training has already resulted in the recovery of young victims in our area. The people behind TAT are the true heroes behind these efforts!”
Capt. Sean Duryee

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