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Fauquier prosecutors, deputies team up for ‘Top Gun’ drug case training

Thursday, Apr. 3 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Commonwealth's Attorney James Fisher
Commonwealth’s Attorney James Fisher will send two of his prosecutors to an elite drug case training program

Fisher announced today the prosecutors, each paired with a local law officer in two teams, will attend the “Top Gun” program, which is provided cost-free, courtesy of Virginia’s Commonwealth’s Attorneys Services Council.

“Advance prosecutor and police training was one of my top priorities coming into this office. I am pleased to announce another chapter in this ongoing effort to keep our prosecutors on the leading edge of the law along with our law enforcement partners,” said Fisher.

The week-long training program, which will begin May 18, is hosted in Williamsburg, Va. Top Gun is an intensive, workshop-style, interactive training course on the prosecution of drug cases. “The program is competitive, and I am delighted that they have accepted two teams from our county,” said Fisher. “Two mid- to senior-level prosecutors will attend the course; each will be paired with a local deputy who will also attend the training. The team concept not only provides training to representatives from two agencies, but it reinforces the need to work together as a partnership,” Fisher concluded.

Attendance is limited to 20 teams, each of which consists of a prosecutor and a law enforcement investigator from a given jurisdiction. This program covers the latest developments in the law, the criminal practices used, and the latest illegal drug types and their usage. This year’s program will include gang related drug prosecutions.

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