American Law Enforcement Executives Study Counter-Terrorism In Israel

New York, NY, April 21, 2011 … Fifteen law enforcement officials from across the United States traveled to Israel last week to learn how Israel's police, intelligence, and security forces prevent terror attacks.

As participants in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) National Counter-Terrorism Seminar, which took place from April 9-17, they met with counter-terrorism experts in an intensive program incorporating formal presentations and briefings with site visits around the country to areas that have borne witness to terror attacks. They learned how Israel has prevented and responded to suicide bombings and terrorist attacks and how the nation protects its airports, shopping malls, and public events.

"Israel has been the target of terror since the nation was founded," said David Friedman, Director of ADL's National Law Enforcement Initiatives. "NCTS enables Israel's counterterrorism experts to share their knowledge and lessons learned, to help American law enforcement better protect America, and prevent us from having to learn the same lessons the hard way."

The ADL delegation consisted of executives from the California Highway Patrol and major city police departments from across the country including: New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Atlantic City, Louisville, Richmond, Tulsa, Nashville, Charlotte, Albuquerque, and St. Louis County.

More than 115 federal, state and local law enforcement executives have participated in the ADL program since it was first launched in 2003.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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