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The Role of Local Police in the War Against Terrorism

On November 12, a double suicide bombing tore through a busy shopping district in Beirut, Lebanon killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 200 others. The next day, six seemingly coordinated attacks devastated Paris, France killing at least 129 people and wounding 352. Both attacks have been claimed by the terror group ISIS, who issued a video warning of further attacks on countries taking part in bombing Syria, specifically threatening to ‘strike’ Washington, D.C.

As the Paris and Beirut terrorist attacks demonstrate, the lines between international and domestic threats are closer than many police officers may realize. However, most police training supports the assumption that international terrorism isn’t something of significant concern to them. To shift this mindset so police officers see a bigger picture of fighting terrorism requires one thing: enhanced training. Here's how training must be expanded.

New Designer Drug, Flakka, Hits the Streets

Police throughout the country, particularly in Florida, have been noticing a spike in the use of a new drug that users are calling “flakka.” Use of the drug is a concern as well as are the crimes that people under the influence are committing. AMU criminal justice student, Keith Graves, who has taught thousands of officers and businesses about drug investigation, shares information about the signs of intoxication and how police should pursue investigations.

How Intelligence Has Evolved Since Able Danger

Ten years ago today, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing to learn what a small group of military intelligence analysts had discovered about the world-wide reach of Al Qaeda and its affiliations prior to 9/11. This first hearing focused on what is known as the Able Danger program, which was the first significant data mining operation that successfully harvested and visualized massive amounts of data. Erik Kleinsmith, who was the senior military member of the Able Danger analytical team, shares lessons learned from this program as well as the ongoing challenges faced by intelligence analysts.

How to Use Social Media to Investigate Missing Child Cases

In May, American Military University (AMU) hosted a webinar in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). This webinar focused on advanced social media investigation techniques to help law enforcement officers and agencies locate and rescue lost or missing children. Learn more about using social media for investigations including self-destructing and secret apps that officers should be aware of during such investigations.