The seventeenth session of the Anti-Defamation League's Advanced Training School (ATS) course on Extremist and Terrorist Threats was held from June 13-15 in Washington, DC. The ATS course provides America's top law enforcement executives and commanders with state of the art training, information, resources and contacts to increase their ability to fight extremist and terrorist threats.
The course was attended by thirty-seven senior level law enforcement personnel from federal, state, and local agencies from across the country, including: the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; California Highway Patrol; New York State Police; Massachusetts State Police; and the Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and DC Metropolitan Police Departments.
Briefings were given by some of America's foremost counterterrorism experts from law enforcement, the military, academia, and the ADL, as well as the Israel Police. The program featured briefings by the New York City Police Department's Intelligence Division, and by Francis Fragos Townsend, who served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council.
Major Chris Leighty of the Atlanta Police Department described the training as "some of the very best I have ever attended in over twenty years in Law Enforcement." And Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson of the Dallas Police Department called it "second to none." Major Melanie Bevan of the St. Petersburg Police Department said that it was "by far, the best course I have ever attended" and that "it has changed my worldview."
ATS has now trained over 600 senior level law enforcement personnel, representing more than 200 different agencies. Participation in the training is by application only, and ADL is only able to accept less than 20% of those who apply.