Thirty-five senior level federal, state and local law enforcement agents from across the country attended the seventh session of ADLís Advanced Training School (ATS) Extremist and Terrorist Threats Course in Washington DC, on May 22-24.
The three day course, which covers domestic and international extremist and terrorist threats, provides commanders of intelligence, counterterrorism and homeland security units with state of the art training, information, resources and contacts to increase their ability to combat terrorist threats and prevent terrorist attacks.
Among the agencies represented at the most recent conference were the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Presentations were given by some of Americaís foremost counterterrorism experts from law enforcement, intelligence and academia, as well as ADLís own experts. The training included a presentation by Colonel Nir Meri-Esh, Chief of the Haifa Sub-district of the Israel Police. Colonel Nir Meri-Esh appeared at the ATS through ADLís partnership with the Israel Police, which has allowed ADL to bring a dozen Israel Police commanders to the United States to train over 15,000 of their American counterparts.
To date, ATS has trained over 235 senior level law enforcement personnel; the demand is so high that ADL is only able to accommodate less than 20% of those who apply. The next session of ADLís Advanced Training School will be held in December.