U.S. Law Enforcement Receive Counter-Terrorism Training in Israel
In early September, the Anti-Defamation League brought a group of fifteen U.S. law enforcement professionals to Israel to learn advanced counterterrorism strategies from their Israeli counterparts as part of the ADL National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS).
The group consisted of law enforcement from federal, state, and local agencies from around the country including, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE), Texas Department of Public Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Atlanta Police Department.
Over the course of the week, participants met with and were briefed by members of the Israel National Police, Israel Security Agency, and Israel Defense Forces. They met with some of Israel's strongest leaders in the face of terrorism, such as Brigadier General Yeshayahu Horowitz and Brigadier General Nir Meriesh of the Israel Police, and Major General Dov Lutzky of the Israel Prisons Service. Participants were given behind the scenes tours and briefings as to how Israel secures its airports, malls, and holy sites. In addition to formal presentations and site visits, the program enabled participants to visit some of Israel's most important cultural, historical, and religious sites.
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Keen of the Illinois State Police stated, "The information I learned on this trip will be shared when I return and will certainly help the Illinois State Police be better prepared if/when this type of threat occurs in Illinois." He continued, "I have attended numerous law enforcement training sessions in the last 24 years, and none compare to this." Major Debra Williams of the Atlanta Police Department described the trip as "unimaginable" and stated, "I recommend this training to all that hold an executive level in their field."