Training and Equipment


Environmental Enforcement Officers are among the best trained law enforcement professionals in Delaware. Air and Waste Management Enforcement Staff go through a rigorous program designed to build intricate knowledge of traditional criminal law and environmental science. By using this approach the Section supports and insures the development of well rounded environmental enforcement professionals.

A typical officer will attend most of the following classes during his/her career

Police officer certification at the Delaware State Police Academy (26 weeks.)
FBI National Academy
Traditional Search and Seizure
Delaware State Police Academy refresher training
Specialized investigation courses at IPTM (Institute of Police Technology & Management - University of North Florida)
Defensive Driving
Firearms and Use of Force
Investigation of White Collar Crime
Surveillance Techniques
Train the Trainer courses
Computer use and applications
Vessel operations
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (2 weeks.)

Basic Environmental Investigators Course
Advanced Environmental Investigators Course
OSHA Hazardous Materials Operations Course
Hazardous Materials Technician Course
Visible Emissions Evaluator course
Air Monitoring for Hazardous Materials
Sampling for pollutants
Incident command
Hazardous materials Identification
Terrorism Awareness
Basic Explosive Ordnance Recognition
Regulatory program refreshers


Enforcement Officers of the Division of Air and Waste Management use a variety of equipment to investigate and prosecute environmental crimes. Assigned equipment ranges from hand held pollution monitoring and sampling equipment to traditional law enforcement equipment and sophisticated surveillance equipment.

The equipment assigned to the officers serves a critical role in the investigation, prosecution, and management of environmental crime.




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