For many years, domestic extremists were largely responsible for terrorist attacks in the U.S.
That changed dramatically on September 11, 2001, when the nation was rocked by international terror. ADL expanded our training programs to share our information about international extremists, along with data from outside experts, with senior members of law enforcement around the country.
Today ADL is the leading nongovernment trainer of law enforcement, training more than 10,000 officers and agents in 2012 alone. Senior law enforcement officers who participate in our Advanced Training School course on Extremist and Terrorist Threats, or our National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Israel, receive current information about haters and counterterrorism techniques to help them do their jobs.
To increase understanding of the role of law enforcement as protectors of the Constitution and individual rights, we offer Law Enforcement and Society, a joint program of ADL and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the Holocaust and the conduct of police under the Nazis. More than 80,000 law enforcement professionals have taken it so far.
In addition, ADL routinely provides timely alerts and intelligence about extremist activities, and assists with criminal investigations. We use our expertise and information to help law enforcement investigate threats, identify suspects and convict extremist perpetrators. ADL calls these efforts "law enforcement assists," and we conducted about 450 of them in 2012.
Finally, we are a security resource for Jewish institutions, providing guidance, tools and training. With ADL's help, synagogues and community centers are trained to be more proactive about security.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing."
— from Edmund Burke
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