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ADL and Law Enforcement: Fighting Terror before 9/11 and Beyond

Posted: August 24, 2011

The Anti-Defamation League has worked closely with law enforcement for decades to carry out our mission of protecting both the Jewish people and all others from extremism, hatred and injustice.  But since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the scale of our work with law enforcement has increased significantly and the greatest demand for ADL expertise has been in the area of training for law enforcement.  As the foremost non-governmental authority on domestic terrorism, extremism, organized hate groups and hate crimes, ADL has been the leading non-government organization training police.  In 2010 alone, we trained more than 10,500 law enforcement officers from all over the country.  

 

"The training and education you provide for the FBI and for law enforcement have never been more relevant. This especially includes the classes at the Holocaust Museum. At a time when law enforcement must be aggressive in stopping terror these classes provide powerful lessons on why we must always protect civil rights and uphold the rule of law."

- FBI Director Mueller speaking at ADL's National Commission Meeting in 2005

 

ADL's Advanced Training School (ATS)

 

ADL's Advanced Training School (ATS) was conceived shortly before 9/11 as an "ADL Academy" to provide law enforcement executives and commanders from across the country with practical and useful information, resources and contacts to increase their capabilities in combating domestic terrorism and extremist threats. Launched in January 2003, ATS was ADL's first national training program for law enforcement and conducted training on both domestic and international extremist and terrorist threats.  ATS has come to be recognized as one of the premier counter-terrorism trainings in the country. Interest in the program is so high that ADL is only able to accept one in eight applicants for the training. ATS has now trained 700 senior level law enforcement personnel, representing more than 220 federal, state, local and military law enforcement agencies from across the country, including 24 of the 25 largest local police departments in the U.S. Officers have told us, "This course will ultimately save lives."

 

ADL's National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS)

 

In 2004, ADL created its National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) in Israel, which brings law enforcement executives from across the U.S. to Israel for a week of intensive counter-terrorism training.  NCTS connects the heads of FBI field offices, major city chiefs, state police superintendents, and commanders assigned to counter-terrorism, special operations, and homeland ecurity with commanders in the Israel National Police, experts from Israel's intelligence and security services, and the Israel Defense Forces.  In addition to understanding Israel's experiences and lessons learned in preventing and responding to suicide bombings and terrorist attacks, the course also focuses on leadership in a time of terror, and better prepares stars and rising stars in American law enforcement to command if necessary during an attack here in the U.S.  The program has brought 115 law enforcement executives to Israel to date.

 

Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS): Lessons of the Holocaust

 

Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust, (LEAS) was created in 1998 by ADL and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to train police recruits in Washington, DC's Metropolitan Police Department. By 2000, LEAS was training a dozen law enforcement agencies and was a required part of training for every new agent in the FBI. LEAS was designed to increase law enforcement professionals' understanding of their relationship to the people they serve and of their roles as protectors of the Constitution and individual liberties. The attacks on 9/11 only increased the demand for Law Enforcement and Society.  The program's focus on the role of law enforcement in our democracy and the profession's core values has become even more relevant as law enforcement agencies throughout the nation confront the challenges of fighting crime and terrorism without compromising their role as protectors of the Constitution and individual rights.  More than 70,000 law enforcement officers have participated in the program since 1999, including those from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department, Philadelphia Police Department and dozens of other agencies.

 

ADL: Leading Non-Government Organization Training Police

  • Trained 700 law enforcement commanders from more than 220 different agencies through ADL's Advanced Training School course on "Extremist and Terrorist Threats," since it was launched in 2003.
  • Brought 115 law enforcement executives from across the country to Israel for intensive counter-terrorism training with the Israel Police through ADL's National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Israel. 
  • Trained more than 70,000 law enforcement officers through Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust, run in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • Trained more than 10,500 law enforcement officers in 2010.



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