3 Echo 9

The NRA’s Life of Duty has a video about an US Air Force unit that is designed to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents.  These folks deal with the scariest stuff on the planet.

Counter Terrorism Tactics for Patrol

The Midwest Tactical Officers Association (MTOA) is sponsoring a three day course called “Counter Terrorism Tactics for Patrol.”  Taught by Delia Tactical International, the course is a three day course focused on patrol response to extreme threats posed by terrorists in an urban environment.  The class is “hands on,” and it moves well beyond the typical active shooter in-service training.

The course is sponsored by MTOA, but it is definitely patrol focused, not SWAT focused.

The course will be held February 6-8, 2012 in Milwaukee, WI.  Tuition is $465 and class size is limited to 24 officers.  For additional information and full course description, go to the MTOA site.

The Power of 9/11

September 11On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I was nearly two hours into a Daywatch patrol shift when I decided to swing by a high school and visit with the school resource officer.  The school was in my sector and the SRO was by himself.

With more than 2000 students, I knew he needed some back-up on occasion.  As I entered his office, I saw him intently staring at the television and absently chewing a Twizzler.  He did not look up at me when I came in.

I sat down next to him and asked what was going on.  “Not sure,” he said.  It was about 8:50 am.  We began watching the terror attacks unfold.  At 9:03, we watched as the second plane hit the World Trade Center.  The Pentagon was next around 9:37.

Within an hour of me entering that office, the United States of America had woken to the power of terrorism.  The SRO got a call from the school’s administrative office.  Parents were panicking.

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Police Response and Terrorism – BlueSheepdog Podcast #26

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Police response to terrorism in the wake of the Norway terrorist incident is the topic of today’s police training podcast.

Last week’s terrorist attacks in Norway should be a wake up call to every community that thinks “It can’t happen here.”  I look at what we know so far from the incident, consider some of the ramifications of responding to bomb attacks and examine police response to active shooter scenarios.

The incident in Norway was beyond ugly, but it is not unprecedented.  Nor will it be the last.

Law enforcement must prepare to respond to terrorism today.

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Norway Terrorism

Norway TerrorismNorway suffered a great tragedy on Friday when dozens of people, many of them teens, were gunned down by at least one subject dressed as a police officer.  At this time, it appears this attack was coordinated with a bomb that was set off outside the prime minister’s office earlier in the day.

If you have paid attention to world events, you know this is not an original incident.  Bombs have been detonated by terrorists around the world for almost as long as we have had explosive technology.  Mass shooting incidents are also not new.

There are a few things about this incident, which are important to consider.

An attack may be the main attack, or it may be a distraction. It is impossible to say at this time what the intent of the terrorist(s) was with the bombing.  However, that attack likely pulled resources toward it.  Officers may have been diverted from other areas to respond to that incident location, which may have reduced the ability to respond to the second attack.

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Domestic Terrorism: The Threat Is Real

Terrorism TrainingOsama took two to the head, so terrorism here in the US is a thing of the past, right?  I doubt you believe that any more than I do.  The fact is the threats are still very real.

NY Terror Plot

NYPD just arrested a pair of men on terrorism charges that you’ve likely never heard about if you live outside of the Big Apple.

Arrested on May 11, the two men plotted to detonate bombs in a Jewish synagogue as part of a “jihad” in retaliation for how Muslim people are treated around the world.  The men also planned to bomb the Empire State building as part of their jihad.

Both men were from the north Africa region: one from Algiers, the other from Morocco.

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Mumbai-Style Attacks: Are We Vulnerable?

Ten terrorists spread out through the city of Mumbai in the early evening hours of November 26, 2008.  It would be three days before all of the terrorists were dead or captured.  In their wake, they left at least 165 people dead and hundreds, if not thousands, more injured.  What happened?  Can it happen here?

In the 2008 Mumbai attack, five two-man teams hit targets that were likely to generate high numbers of casualties. The targets included a train station, a hospital, a restaurant, two hotels and a Jewish center.  All of the targets were ‘high-visibility’ locations, with the exception of the Jewish center.  The Jewish center was a very low-profile location, and the selection of it as a target clearly indicates the anti-Jewish sentiments of the terrorists.

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More Left Wing Terrorism

Left wing terrorist group Earth Liberation Front (ELF) is claiming responsibility for the destruction of two radio towers in the Seattle, WA area.  The towers were torn down with stolen construction equipment.  The two towers were owned by local radio station KRKO.

Although the politically motivated Southern Poverty Law Center is crying wolf about right wing militias, left wing terrorists like ELF and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) continue with their destructive campaign against Americans.

The Seattle ELF group has claimed responsibility for a string of arsons over the past few years, including one that destroyed a horticulture building on the campus of the University of Washington in 2001.

Of course Daniel Andreas San Diego, an ALF terrorist, is still on the FBI’s most wanted list for detonating multiple pipe bombs in 2003.  And, yes, he is still the only domestic terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list.

Curiously, these stories don’t seem to make it to the front pages of the local papers or even on CNN’s website.

I’m more than a little sick of people and their agendas.  A terrorist is a terrorist: I don’t care about their politics or philosophy.  I don’t care if you blow up a bomb because you want to free rabbits and monkeys, or because some cleric told you to kill the infidel.  You are equally contemptible.  The wrath of justice will find you.