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Center News - September 2017

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  • Caren Cambre JD: "Law Enforcement on the Stand" Course
  • FirstTwo
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What Can the NHAC Do for You?

Because we have several new people (welcome!) who have recently joined the HIDTA family, we thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. We also want to remind those of you who know us, that the National HIDTA Assistance Center (NHAC) is here for you!  Here’s a little background about us and an overview of our services: The NHAC has its own budget and supports the HIDTA program nationwide. Like regional HIDTAs, the NHAC has its own director, but is governed by the HIDTA Directors Committee (HDC) which serves as executive board.

Our four units are here to serve the 32 HIDTAs across the country and include Management & Coordination, Finance, Training and Media. Click this link to watch a brief presentation and learn how the NHAC can “assist” you.

GeoTime: Call Record and Mobile Forensics Analysis Tool

One of NHAC’s ongoing responsibilities is to meet with vendors and inform the HIDTA community about products and services that will further HIDTA’s program goals. The NHAC is often able to make the case for optimal pricing and volume discount based on economies of scale. Recently, the NHAC spoke with representatives from GeoTime. (More)

HIDTA Management Class - Wisdom of the (S)age

An updated version of the HIDTA Management class was held on August 9-10 at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami. In addition to the course, a HIDTA Directors Committee and ONDCP Working Group meeting and an ‘executive overview’ WebPMP course were held on the following day at the same location. Event arrangements, registration and onsite coordination were handled by the NHAC. (More)

Law Enforcement on the Stand Course

With 30+ years of courtroom and law school teaching expertise in her quiver, Professor Caren Cambre JD has created a course specifically designed to teach law enforcement officers how to become credible and effective witnesses. As a career homicide prosecutor in New York and Louisiana, she worked extensively with law enforcement conducting investigations and presenting their testimony throughout the litigation. (More)

2016 National HIDTA Conference and Awards Banquet

The 2016 National HIDTA Conference and Awards Banquet will be held on February 18, 2016 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Registration Fee for National HIDTA Conference and Award  Banquet: $375.00 – When you sign up to attend the full Conference, you are automatically signed up to attend the Awards Banquet. Registration Fee for Awards Banquet only:  $125.00

The website to register for both events is

National Emerging Threats Initiative (NETI)

The National Emerging Threats Initiative (NETI) is a poly-drug national trends, intelligence and best practices sharing initiative designated to coordinate HIDTA emerging drug threat strategies in affected HIDTA areas and the United States. The initiative focuses on systemic approaches to addressing the illegal drug supply including the diverted use of legal drugs along with the collateral issues of each. (More)

Uniform Guidance Navigation and Impact on HIDTA Grant

This August (19-20) NHAC hosted Uniform Guidance Navigation training for ONDCP and HIDTA personnel from around the country. (More)

2015 National Marijuana Summit

In August, the National HIDTA Assistance Center’s National Marijuana Initiative Coordinator Ed Shemelya came together with more than 100 law enforcement and medical professionals from the United States and Canada in Denver, CO to discuss issues surrounding marijuana policies and enforcement at the 2015 National Marijuana Summit.  (More)

HIDTA Survey System - Comments/Feeback

The National HIDTA Assistance Center’s Daniel Liang has been providing onsite HIDTA Survey System training throughout the HIDTA community. “Everyone  I’ve trained seems happy with the Survey System’s capabilities,” said Liang.  (More)

2015 National HIDTA Conference

This year’s National HIDTA Conference was held in Washington, D.C., February 4-5, 2015. ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli delivered the welcome speech and presented the HIDTA Awards. (More)

NHAC's Renee Alvarez Provides 'Just-in-Time' Instruction for Central Valley HIDTA

It isn’t always feasible for people to travel for training, so occasionally, on an as-needed basis, the NHAC will send someone to provide onsite ‘just-in-time’ instruction. Last month, the NHAC sent   accountant Renee Alvarez to Central Valley HIDTA to provide coaching to the financial team. Renee’s background as a financial auditor for  ONDCP (2006-2008) has given her a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge to draw upon in her accounting job and for teaching, as well. Renee’s focus for the CV HIDTA included Program Policy, disbursement, reprogramming and other specifically requested topics. (More)