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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
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
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.20
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.
Local police chiefs head to Israel for antiterror training
By Evan Allen | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT OCTOBER 26, 2011
Police chiefs from Newton, Framingham, and Belmont headed off last
weekend for a weeklong counterterrorism seminar in Israel, funded by the
They are joining a dozen other senior law enforcement officials from the
Northeast to network and get first-hand advice from Israeli security
Though there have been no successful terror plots carried out in
Massachusetts since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to the
federal government92s Worldwide Incident Tracking System, officials say
the trip is necessary to keep law enforcement up-to-date on terrorism
Framingham Police Chief Steven Carl and Newton Police Chief Matthew
Cummings said they will receive their regular salaries while in Israel;
Belmont Police Chief Richard McLaughlin declined to comment.
93Homeland security begins with hometown security,9292 said Carl.
93There are no particular cities or towns where terrorists congregate
unless you want to stereotype them.9292
Carl pointed to the arrest last month of Rezwan Ferdaus in nearby
Ashland as an example of the type of threat that could lurk anywhere in
93That92s right next door,9292 Carl said.
Ferdaus is accused of planning to attack the Pentagon and the US Capitol
building using remote-controlled airplanes carrying explosives. He has
pleaded not guilty.
The 15 seminar participants were scheduled to meet in Israel with police
officials and first responders, including police along the Lebanon
border, the head of security at Malcha Mall in Jerusalem, and officials
at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, to learn about emergency preparedness.
They also were to attend a briefing on airport security at Ben-Gurion
Officers on the trip also planned to visit holy sites, and have an
opportunity to learn about the region92s history. All costs, including
meals, are covered by the ADL.
93Given the security situation in Israel and their experience in
dealing with terrorist attacks against civilians, the Israeli
authorities are uniquely equipped to discuss and share counterterrorism
strategies with American law enforcement,9292 said Derrek Shulman, New
England Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, in an e-mail.
However, Carol Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties
Union in Massachusetts, is skeptical.
93Training based on the security situation in Israel seems highly
inappropriate for suburban police officers in Massachusetts, since the
nature of the threat in Israel is unique to that country92s political
context,9292 Rose said.
But Shulman says that the training focuses on policing, not politics,
and that while there may be some strategies that American law
enforcement can92t use that Israelis can, the emphasis is on techniques
that can be shared.
93Since 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,9292 he said.
Though this is just the third seminar exclusively involving officers
from the Northeast, the ADL has been bringing US law enforcement
executives to Israel through its National Counterterrorism Seminar since
2004, he said.
While American officials going on the trip acknowledge the differences
between the US and Israel, they say it is the heightened state of alert
in Israel that makes it a good place to learn counterterrorism
93We would be failing our mission to protect the public from terrorism
if we did not draw on the wisdom, experience, and knowledge of the
people who have been doing this for decades, and doing it
successfully,9292 said David Procopio, spokesman for the Massachusetts
State Police, which sent a representative on the trip.
Procopio said that police already employ counterterrorism techniques
drawn from countries that deal with terrorism threats on a regular
He said that in airport security, especially, police use methods that
were 93developed after a review of practices in other nations that have
dealt with terrorism, specifically Israel.9292 He declined to name
specific tactics, citing security concerns.
93In Israel, they respond to these terrorist attacks and emergencies
and use intelligence to prevent them on a daily basis every day,9292
said Carl. 93They have perfected their response.9292
And antiterrorism, he said, isn92t just a concern of big cities.
On Monday, jury selection began in the federal trial of Tarek Mehanna,
29, a Sudbury man charged with conspiring to support Al Qaeda. Mehanna,
an American citizen, was accused of conspiring to support terrorists and
lying to investigators.
And on the eve of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, three
hijackers slept in a hotel in Newton before heading the next morning for
Logan Airport, where they boarded American Airlines Flight 11.
Talking one-on-one with first responders to terrorist attacks, Cummings
says, will offer an invaluable glimpse into post-9/11 security. It92s
training, he says, that would benefit any law enforcement official.
93It92s kind of like a doctor that doesn92t go back to school to
learn the new techniques,9292 he said. 93You don92t want him working
Newton police already conduct antiterrorism planning, said Cummings,
during the Boston Marathon, and for events like fireworks displays at
which large groups of people congregate. And Newton has a large Jewish
population, he said, which could make it a potential target for
93Ultimately when something goes bad, I have to answer questions, and I
can92t be the one who doesn92t have the answers at the time,9292
US police officials in Israel for counter-terrorism program
By YAAKOV LAPPIN20
ADL sponsors visit by officials from American northeast; participant
`will learn first-hand how Israel deals with terror.`
A delegation of senior American police commanders is in Israel this week
as part of a counterterrorism training seminar sponsored by the
The officials hail from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New
Hampshire. A senior officer from the Italian National Police92s Counter
Terrorism unit is also participating in the seminar.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the program will provide them with
an opportunity to 93learn from each other and their Israeli
93The participants will travel across Israel to interact with
commanders from the Israel Police and learn firsthand how Israel deals
with terror,94 Rosenfeld said.
The program will cover topics such as border security, securing
religious sites and providing media response during crises.
Additionally, the officers will meet with first-responders and discuss
the psychological effect of terrorist attacks. They will also tour
Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem.
93Since 9/11, the Anti- Defamation League and the Israel National
Police have worked together to provide opportunities for the Israeli
police officers to share their experience in counter-terrorism with
their American counterparts,94 Phyllis Gerably, director of the ADL
Israel office, said. 93ADL trainings are conducted regularly in the US
and in Israel.
93The meetings are beneficial for both the US and Israeli officers who
have a real chance to learn from one another.94
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