In an effort to help prevent illeagal dump sites from popping up, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are joining forces to sponsor ]Environmental Law Enforcement Officer Training.

The training is slated from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 16 in the Kiamichi Technology Center.

Lynn Malley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension assistant state specialist, solid waste management programs, said the workshop is open to all citizens and recommended for anyone interested in environmental law or those with a responsibility for preventing illegal dumping in their county.

"We encourage law enforcement officers, tribal environmental representatives, county commissioners, city officials and local citizens to attend," Malley said. "Illegal dump sites have been an increasing problem across the state for several years and cost taxpayers thousands of dollars to clean up."

At the training, participants will learn about illegal dumping and other environmental crimes, investigation and enforcement responsibilities and prevention resources.

Registration covers lunch and is $10 if registered before March 31. Registration is $20 at the door.

Registration may be done online at or by contacting Malley at