January 23, 2006

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations, Edtwon A. Myree Student Assistant

Valdosta State University's director of police receives nationalcertification

Scott Doner, director of University Police at Valdosta State University, has completed certification as an Incident Command Systems (ICS) instructor from the U.S. Department of Justice and International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va., in December.

Doner was one of 70 applicants who applied to be in the first-ever class of ICS training instructors. After a three-day evaluation period conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Office of Domestic Preparedness, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others, Doner was one of only 16 selected for the two-week ICS training conducted in early December.

"It is a privilege to be selected, and is a great honor and opportunity to become an instructor," said Doner. "I credit my background and training for this prestigious award."

Doner received his training in counter bio-terrorism at Louisiana State University and his emergency preparedness and university's risk and threat assessment training at Texas A&M University. He has also attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Law Enforcement Executive Development program, received training from the Center of Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., and is certified in National Incident Management Systems. Furthermore, Doner is an instructor in weapons of mass destruction for the U.S. Department of Justice and a senior instructor trainer for the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

Doner has taught courses at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada, and Africa. The new certification allows Doner to teach additional types of training, such as the ICS class he is teaching at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, January 23-25, to law enforcement agencies and fire departments in the Las Vegas area.

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