Thursday, May 1, 2008

Idaho Gives Blackwater Show of Support

Certain elements of the media would like to brand Blackwater and other private security contractors as pariahs. But reality tells another story. Just today the Associated Press reported that Blackwater will be entering into an agreement with the Idaho Peace Officer Standards & Training Academy (POST).

Blackwater will be entering into agreement with the state of Idaho to build a training facility, Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell told the Coeur d'Alene Press. In this agreement, Idaho POST would be a tenant. There would be other law enforcement agencies from the surrounding areas.

The complex would include an emergency vehicle operation course, shooting ranges, classrooms, dormitories for at least 80 people, a cafeteria and administration buildings, she said.

Like law enforcement agencies around the country, those in northern Idaho understand that Blackwater is a company of talented and patriotic experts in their field who can provide hard-to-find services.

"They're the Cadillac of training services," said J. Adler, national executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. "You've got the best of the best teaching."

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