Instructor-Led Class
Senior Official Workshop on Environmental Enforcement
3 Continuing Education Hours

This class is an examination of the various ways that local governments can use state criminal laws, local ordinances, and Texas civil suits to control illegal dumping, water pollution, illegal outdoor burning, and similar activities that threaten local resources and public health. This class is especially tailored for local elected officials faced with controlling these problems in their city or county but who lave limited resources to use. The class will also address the various barriers that local officials face to using these laws.

Who Should Attend
City and county elected officials, code enforcement officers and registered sanitarians; peace officers; local health department officers; specialized environmental enforcement officers; fire marshals and firefighters; prosecutors; and, city and county staff needing a good understanding of the approaches available to control illegal dumping and related activities.

Three (3) hours code enforcement/RS continuing education credits will be awarded for successful completion. For code enforcement officers, this class includes one hour in "Legal / Legislative Update Related to the Profession of Code Enforcement." Six (6) hours TCOLE credit may be given at the discretion of participant's agency (Lesson Plan and Instructor Biography will be provided to Agency Training Officer). Peace officers seeking to earn TCOLE credits for completion of Class 3880 should verify with their Training Officer that this class meets Agency requirements prior to registration. In some cases TCOLE credit will be filed by the local agency hosting the class.

Your instructor for this class is John Ockels, Ph.D, Director of Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center. If you need to contact him for any reason, you can do so at