News Release
April 11, 2008

Los Angeles DEA Hosts First Annual DEA Citizens' Academy
Community Leaders Become Familiar with DEA's Mission

APR 11 --(LOS ANGELES) - Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today the details of the 1st Annual Los Angeles DEA Citizens’ Academy. Thirty-five business, corporate and community leaders in the Los Angeles metropolitan area were invited to attend the academy for the purpose of gaining personal knowledge of the DEA.

“Our goal is to increase public awareness of the DEA, what we do locally and worldwide,” said SAC Timothy J. Landrum. “To successfully accomplish our very critical mission, it is vital that we receive the support of those in our communities. The Academy offers a rare opportunity to look inside the DEA, as well as provide a detailed understanding of the intricacies involved in global drug law enforcement.”

The Los Angeles DEA Citizens’ Academy, which was held at various locations throughout the Los Angeles area, used an energetic “hands on” instructional approach to DEA’s worldwide mission. The class size was limited in order to maximize the learning experience and encourage class participation. Classes began January 29, 2008, and were held one night per week for eight weeks. The course included lectures and various activities outside the classroom, such as training and presentations related to firearms, surveillance, and enforcement tactics.

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