Extremism, Terrorism & Bigotry

Top 10 ADL #2016Highlights – #10: Training Law Enforcement on Extremist Threats and Attacks

  • December 14, 2016

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As 2016 draws to a close, the Anti-Defamation League is counting down the major milestones we accomplished this year in the fight against hate.


Violent extremism of all stripes took center stage in 2016, claiming dozens of lives and leaving communities and families nationwide scarred by acts of hate.

Anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim sentiment got a boost this year from fiery campaign rhetoric, while anti-government extremists made waves with their armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. From the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub to violence against law enforcement officers to the rising political profile of white nationalists on the so-called “alt-right,” 2016 saw  more than its share of bloodshed and vitriol.

This grim reality means that ADL’s longstanding relationship with law enforcement has never been more critical or relevant.   A little-known fact: In 2016, ADL trained an estimated 15,000 law enforcement personnel at the federal, state and local levels on all aspects of extremist and terrorist threats.

ADL’s acclaimed training programs, which are available throughout the year to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, provide officers with the critical, constantly updated information they need to protect our communities – and themselves.


From white supremacist gangs and anti-government militias to domestic Islamic extremists and anti-Islamic bigots, our training covers every aspect of extremism.

The experts at ADL’s Center on Extremism work around the clock to analyze extremist events, and use the lessons to create dynamic training programs for law enforcement personnel, who stand in the front lines in the fight against extremism.

ADL understands that the landscape of extremism is constantly in flux, and we are working with our partners – in law enforcement and beyond – to address emerging threats. As extremists exploit increasingly high-tech recruitment tools, we are working with law enforcement agencies and tech companies to thwart their efforts.

Extremism, Terrorism & Bigotry