A second wave of State Troopers, representing the great state of Alabama, kicked off training this week. Nearly 50 of the Troopers attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Alabama's Department of Public Safety will send close to 200 State Troopers through training over the next several weeks.

The State Troopers are attending the Field Force Operations (FFO) course that is designed to provide law enforcement the knowledge to successfully employ crowd control measures during civil disorders. The Troopers are building on current capabilities and also preparing for large events, such as the annual Mardi Gras, conducted in Montgomery and Mobile during March.

The training, provided by the CDP is designed for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The FFO course arms front-line law enforcement with the knowledge to effectively manage large demonstrations, protect property and the safety of others.

These Troopers are also costing their departments no expense in training. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency, saving their state and municipality dollars. For more information on the CDP's specialized programs and courses, visit their web site at: http://cdp.dhs.gov.