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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.

INLETS 2015: Exploring the Aftermath of Active Shooter Events

Mid-Atlantic Intel & Law Enforcement Training Seminar (INLETS) provides law enforcement with the opportunity to learn about national and international terrorist events directly from those who experienced it. This year's event, held on June 22-26 in Annapolis, Maryland, will feature presentations from the five law enforcement agencies involved in the Christopher Dorner manhunt, the French National Police, and officers involved in the Virginia Tech shooting. The keynote speaker for this event will be Captain Richard Phillips, whose rescue after Somali pirates hijacked his ship was famously depicted in the Hollywood movie, Captain Phillips.

FBI Offers Terrorism Training for Local & State Officers (Bonus: Outstanding Speakers AND it’s Affordable)

By Leischen Stelter, American Military University

The reality is that state and local law enforcement officers are playing an increasingly important role in combatting terrorism, but they often don’t have the level of training necessary for such responsibilities.

The FBI wants to change that.

“We realized that we needed to provide training blocks on fundamental terrorism investigations and the violent crime aspect and provide tools to enhance the capability of state and local analysts,” said Special Agent Steven Shepherd, who is assigned to the Baltimore Field Office and has been with the FBI for 16 years.