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MEDIA RELEASE
June 19, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Officer M. Jordan Pieniazek, from the State College Police Department recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, AL.  The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMD) training facility in the nation.
 
Officer Pieniazek has been with the State College Police Department for eight years.  He serves as a patrol officer, bicycle officer and is a member of the Centre County Drug Task Force. The information learned during this training will be vital in his recently appointed title of bomb technician.  
 
The CDP develops and delivers advance training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic national disaster or terrorist act.  Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at not coast to the state, local and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.
 
A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility.  The COBRA is the nation’s only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents.  The advanced, hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.
 
Responders participating in DCP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.
 
Information about DCP training programs can be found at http://cdp.dhs.gov.  Visit the “News & Media” tab at the top of the site to download images, share DPD training articles, and find out what others are saying about DCP training.  For more information about the CDP, contact the CDP External Affairs Office, at 256.847.2212/2316 or e-mail pao@cdpemail.dhs.gov.

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