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Gangs and Terrorism

May 24, 2012
We often focus on one puzzle piece rather than the whole puzzle. If we would slow down and step back, we might see the whole of our enemy's tactics and battle plan. This wider perception of problems enables criminal investigators to recognize trends, alliances, tactics, conspiracies and connections in the underworld. This is what is needed in the battle against gangs, cartels, and terrorists.

LAX Security Tightened On Anniversary of Bin Laden Killing

May 1, 2012
Security was expected to be on heightened alert at Los Angeles International Airport and other Southland airports for Tuesday's one-year anniversary of the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, and in response to reports that terrorist organizations may try to use surgically implanted bombs to bypass security checks.

G4S Technology Gains DHS Approval

April 25, 2012
G4S Technology's physical and electronic security solutions were again "designated" and "certified" as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

ILEETA 2012: Shattering The Box

April 23, 2012
More than 740 of the best police trainers gathered last week for the annual training conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) in Wheeling, Ill., for a week that was packed with training, lectures and interactive classes.

Urban Counter-Ambush Tactics

April 14, 2012

The counter-ambush tactics discussed in this article will provide you with simple ways to respond to calls for service so that an ambush is less likely to occur. The tactics discussed are not super-secret SWAT or ERT procedures, nor sensitive military operations plans.

Battleground NYC: Countering Terrorism

March 28, 2012

New York City has long been a breeding ground for spies, saboteurs, and terrorists who view it as a top target. In his "Battleground New York City," Thomas Reppetto covers post-9/11 police strategies and recounts law enforcement's efforts to thwart terrorists and covert operators since 1861. Reppetto focuses on the coordinated efforts of the NYPD, Secret Service, and FBI to counter these threats.

Ghosts of SWAT Past, Present, and Future

December 15, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, this would be a good time to reflect on SWAT's past, present and future (apologies to Charles Dickens). While we can't accurately predict the future, we can trace the evolution of tactical units from yesteryear, understand today's challenged, and perhaps glimpse tomorrow's trend.

Video: NYPD Can Take Down Terror Planes

September 26, 2011
The New York Police Department's anti-terrorism unit can take down smaller aircraft that would pose a threat to the nation's "No. 1 target," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told news magazine "60 Minutes."

NYPD's Counter-Terrorism Unit

September 26, 2011
In this "60 Minutes" profile of the NYPD's counter-terrorism unit, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly reveals that the agency has the capability to take down lighter aircraft. Read the full story here.

CIA: Is Our Work with NYPD Legal?

September 14, 2011
David Petraeus, the CIA director, told Congress on Tuesday that its inspector general will review work done with the NYPD to "make sure we are doing the right thing."

Muslim Groups Challenge NYPD's Intelligence Gathering

August 25, 2011
Muslim groups including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate what they call the New York Police Department's "massive covert program to monitor the Muslim communities."

Red Team Counter-Terror Training

June 9, 2011

Stephen Sloan and Robert Bunker explain red-team simulations, role playing for LE, and the terrorist attack cycle in discussing their book, "Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training."

Blogger Finds Sensitive NYPD Counter-terror Docs In Trash Can

May 16, 2011
A New York blogger found documents from the New York Police Department's Chemical Ordinance, Biological and Radiological Awareness (COBRA) task force, and posted them online.

A Counter-Terrorism Training Resource

May 10, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security's National Domestic Preparedness Consortium offers significant training resources to public safety. A variety of programs are offered through this organization.

Foxes In the Henhouse: Counter-terror Training

May 4, 2011

You don't need the government or CAIR to vet your counter-terror training. You know that there are good and bad people of all faiths, races, and ethnicities. You know the truth when you hear it. You can vet your own training.

Law Enforcement Urges Vigilance After Killing of Bin Laden

May 2, 2011
Following the killing of bin Laden, Homeland Security briefings urged law enforcement agencies to remain alert for any potential retaliatory strikes. Law enforcement leaders who spoke publicly made it clear they weren't aware of any specific threats.

NYPD's Ballistic Vessel Can Thwart Mumbai-Style Attack

March 16, 2011
The jet-propelled boat will arrive with sealed windows to keep out contaminated air and is designed to respond to a suicide or active-shooter attack in the port area.

Senate Approves Patriot Act Provisions

February 16, 2011
The provisions give law enforcement access to business and library records with judicial approval. They also permit roving wiretaps on terrorism suspects who change numbers, and allow surveillance of foreign terrorism suspects who appear unaffiliated with known groups such as Al-Qaeda.

Panel Tells TREXPO Audience that What Happens on the Border Affects Entire Country

October 28, 2010

Speaking to a POLICE-TREXPO East audience at Chantilly's Dulles Convention Center, Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzales of Zapata County, Texas, said the influence of Mexican drug cartels and human trafficking gangs is now nationwide.

Emerson Warns POLICE-TREXPO East Audience of "Stealth Jihad" Danger

October 28, 2010

Noted author and investigative journalist Steven Emerson began his August 19 keynote presentation at POLICE-TREXPO East in Chantilly, Va., by explaining that he was going to talk about two types of jihad: the violent type and what he calls the "stealth jihad."

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