Saturday, August 7, 2010

DHS to Provide Courses to Police Officers on How to Spot Extremism in Their Communities

The Homeland Security Department (DHS) has begun work on a training curriculum for frontline law enforcement officers to sharpen their capabilities to patrol communities and detect violent extremism, Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday in Washington, DC.  "Homeland security begins with hometown security, and our efforts to confront threats in our communities are most effective when they are led by local law enforcement and involve strong collaboration with the communities and citizens they serve," Napolitano said in a statement.

To develop this training curriculum, DHS is working with federal partners--like the Justice Department and the US Naval Post Graduate School--and state and local law enforcement organizations--such as the Major City Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and others--to produce courses to assist police officers in spotting signs of extremism in their communities.
Read the rest of the article in "Police Training to Focus on Spotting Extremism", Homeland Security Insight & Analysis, August 4, 2010.

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