Forty of the nation's top law enforcement leaders were trained in the twenty-second session of the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Advanced Training School (ATS) course on Extremist and Terrorist Threats, held from December 2-4, 2012 in Washington, DC. Participants in the class included executives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Central Intelligence Agency Threat Management Unit, and dozens of the nation's largest state and local agencies. The curriculum included presentations on white supremacy, anti-government extremism, homegrown Islamic extremism, the Mumbai attacks, Hezbollah, and more.
One participant described the course by saying the following, "ADL's ATS is a phenomenal program! This is an extremely well done, organized, thoughtfully designed, and professionally run seminar that enriches participants' knowledge and fosters professional relationships amongst federal, state, and local law enforcement executives." Another stated, " The program was very well organized, timely, informative, and had some of the very best speakers…Enough cannot be said as to the excellence of the program." And another described ATS as "by far one of the best training programs I have attended."
The Anti-Defamation League created the Advanced Training School in 2003 to provide top law enforcement leaders from across the country with practical resources and information to help them fight domestic and international terrorist threats. ATS has now trained 815 law enforcement executives from across the country, representing more than 230 different agencies, and it is now recognized as one of the top counter-terrorism schools in the nation. Candidates must apply to participate in the training, with several hundred applicants competing for the 40 places in each session of the course.