Joint US-Israeli Counter-Terrorism Training

(November 2011)

During the begining of November 2011, a delegation of senior American law enforcement officials came to Israel to join in a joint training seminar with Israeli counter-terrorism officials. Sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, the trip brought tens of police commanders, security experts and FBI agents to Israel in order to learn new and innovative techniques for fighting terrorism that can be brought back to their districts in the United States.

Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the program will provide the visiting officials with an opportunity to “learn from each other and their Israeli counterparts.”The majority of officials who came with the delegation hail from the Northeast, mainly New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. One senior official from the Italian National Police's Counter-Terrorism Unit was also invited.

Israeli counter-terrorism has become so efficient and effective over the last decade, that US law enforcement personnel are clamoring to come to Israel and learn the best from the best. Col. Robert Quinn, commander of the New Hampshire State Police, was part of the delegation. "It's really been an eye-opener," says Col. Quinn. "We attend various training in the states on terrrosim and counter-terrosim issues but never have I ever learned as much as I have just by looking and observing as I have been in [Israel]."

The program covered topics such as border security and media response during crises as well as overviewing strategies for treating mass casualties, performing rescue operations and establishing command and control at the scene of a terror attack. Additionally, the officers met with Israeli first-responders to discuss the psychological effect of terrorist attacks and also toured the trauma center at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem.

“The meetings are beneficial for both the US and Israeli officers who have a real chance to learn from one another," said Phyllis Gerably, director of the ADL Israel office.

Source: JPost, Jerusalem Post Print Edition (Nov 1, 2011)