Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
201 South Union Street, Suite 3000 / P.O. Box 304115 / Montgomery, AL 36130-4115
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Hal Taylor

October 21, 2015

ALEA Hosts National Boating Accident Investigation and Analysis Course

[Montgomery, Ala.] – Law enforcement officers from as far away as Guam are attending the weeklong National Boating Accident Investigation and Analysis Course, which began Monday, Oct. 19, at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma.

Designed to give law enforcement officers an opportunity to develop and hone their skills in accident investigation involving recreational boats and provide critical data to help shape boating safety regulations across the nation.

Colonel John E. Richardson said, “Our agency is pleased to host this training and provide many of the Troopers assigned to our Marine Patrol Division and other law enforcement partners from other states with the tools they need to thoroughly and accurately investigate boating accidents.”

Law enforcement officers from cities across Alabama, as well as from Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas, are participating in the course.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) has been offering these courses for more than two decades. This particular 40-hour program is the Level I Comprehensive Course, which covers such topics as accidents and statistic; fuel, ventilation and electrical systems; ignition protection; carbon monoxide; fires and explosions; and vessel stability. Participants also study forensic photography, diagramming and the in-depth investigation of collisions (injury assessment, analysis of evidence, damage assessment and operational and collision dynamics).