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State police fight human trafficking

In their commentary regarding human trafficking ("Transportation officials have a role in human trafficking battle," June 7), the authors stated the "Maryland State Police should reach out to transportation authorities to include them in ongoing training conferences and coordination." Please be assured the Maryland State Police is already doing that and much more to combat human trafficking in our state.

Just today, our Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) used FedEx Field to conduct surprise inspections of hundreds of commercial vehicles. During the operation, Maryland state troopers were handing out training DVDs and other materials to commercial drivers about how to identity human trafficking and where to report it.

Our CVED has already partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking to promote human trafficking awareness not only to law enforcement, but also the trucking industry, through outreach at truck stops and other locations. Human trafficking training was part of the annual commercial motor vehicle recertification in 2015.

In Maryland, our troopers and truckers are being trained in human trafficking awareness and are working together to stop this tragedy. We will continue the fight and hope others will join in.

Greg Shipley, Pikesville

The writer is spokesman for the Maryland State Police.

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