There's been a large police presence in Selma this week as local, state, and federal agencies work to hone their skills. The 21st annual Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee Conference is underway at the Selma Convention Center, drawing agencies from across south Alabama.
The summit is hosted by the U.S. Attorney's Office and is held every year in Selma. Training covers a number of areas including social media investigations, terrorism, and the impact of the latest Supreme Court decisions on police work.
"Small agencies in and around Selma don't have the budget to send their folks to very expensive law enforcement trainings," said Tommy Loftis with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of AL. "They can bring them right here."
Local agencies have an opportunity to discuss different issues facing their communities with representatives from federal agencies, using the event as a networking tool.
"With all the gang activity that we have here, for these gunslingers to see that we have all these partnerships going on, maybe that will send a message to them that they need to put the guns down," said Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.
The conference continues Thursday.
"We want to train our law enforcement in a proper manner and do it professionally. But this is also to protect the citizens as well because a well-trained, well-educated police department will always work out for the better," Loftis added.