LEAA Provides Fund for Arson Courses

Issue 9 and Volume 132.

LEAA Provides Fund for Arson Courses Features Financial assistance to state and local governments for arson investigation and prosecution is made available in an agreement between the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). Because the USFA has, as the agreement states, “primary responsibility in fire investigation training,” LEAA will transfer $500,000 to the fire administration to expand training in the detection, investigation and prosecution of arson. In this way, LEAA will support and encourage the use of USFA arson investigation training courses. In addition, LEAA will help the USFA provide technical assistance in the formation of arson policy level task forces and to develop a handbook on that subject. In Seattle, the arson policy task force was a key factor in cutting arson losses from $3.2 million to $1.6 million in two years. The arson policy task force includes businessmen, bankers, insurance agents, housing…

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