Posted: January 27, 2004
At the invitation of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Brigadier General Amichai Shai of the Israel National Police, an expert on suicide terrorism, has been conducting special trainings for hundreds of law enforcement agents throughout the United States during the past week.
Warning that terrorist suicide bombings could happen here, Shai is emphasizing to American police the importance of information-sharing and inter-agency cooperation.
Speaking of his experience in Israel, Shai said, "We know if we want to prevent a terrorist attack, we have to work very close, and we do it. Share the information and work together, and you can succeed in this kind of war."
General Shai is commander of the Sharon district, the area north of Tel Aviv that in recent years has been a frequent target for terrorists. He is responsible for all police operations in his sector, and must coordinate with military activity and provide accurate and timely intelligence on his sector to the Israeli security community.
On Friday, January 23, General Shai delivered a 3-hour briefing to nearly 500 federal, state, and local law enforcement agents from across the Southeast. Held on the campus of Auburn University Montgomery, the training was co-sponsored by ADL, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Attorney's Office. Officers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Missouri were in attendance.
U.S. Attorney Leura Canary of Montgomery said law enforcement here can learn much from Israel about cooperation to combat terror.
"That's what they do in Israel," she said.
"General Shai made an outstanding presentation. It was really an "eye-opening" view of the threats that the Israeli people face on a daily basis," said James Moran, an Intelligence Operations Officer for the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta. "Each of us walked away with something we will remember for years to come."
Previously, General Shai traveled to Colorado to speak with the Denver-FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and more than 60 intelligence officers from various law enforcement agencies along the Front Range. While in Colorado, General Shai also met with personnel from U.S. Northern Command, the military organization responsible for homeland defense of the United States.
"Wherever we went, law enforcement responded to General Shai with an eagerness and urgency to learn about the Israeli police's experiences and best practices so that they could improve their intelligence in preventing terrorist attacks," said Evan Zuckerman, ADL Mountain States Associate Regional Director. "The level of professionalism on the part of our law enforcement agencies and sense of responsibility for our public safety reflected in these briefings with General Shai can not be overstated."
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