ADL’s North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office provided a day-long training on domestic extremism to 161 local, state and federal law enforcement officers representing 40 agencies on January 29. The training was co-sponsored and hosted by the FBI, Dallas Division.
ADL’s Dr. Mark Pitcavage and Oren Segal, two of the Directors of ADL’s Center on Extremism, presented training on the activity, tactics and ideology of various domestic extremists movements and groups. Dr. Pitcavage focused on anti-government movements, including sovereign citizens, as well as white supremacists. Mr. Segal focused on the radicalization process and criminal activity associated with homegrown extremists motivated by radical interpretations of Islam, as well as the role of the Internet in the radicalization process.
“The FBI Dallas Division is proud to partner with ADL on a number of initiatives, including law enforcement training opportunities,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Donald Freese. “These conferences strengthen national security by training law enforcement to identify and prevent hate crimes and extremism in our community.”
“ADL is grateful to the FBI for being strong community partners, helping to provide such important trainings for law enforcement throughout our Region,” said ADL North Texas/Oklahoma Community Director Roberta S. Clark. “In addition to providing critically important training, these opportunities allow us to inform law enforcement professionals about the many ways ADL can be of assistance to them in areas of hate crimes, hate groups, extremists and terrorists.”
The FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association generously hosted a Continental breakfast for the participants. The training evaluations were overwhelmingly positive and expressed great appreciation to ADL for providing such an important opportunity.