October 18, 2010 - Top U.S. Counter-Terrorism Specialists in Israel Through Project Interchange

October 18th, 2010

Top U.S. Counter-Terrorism Specialists in Israel Through Project Interchange

Participants from senior ranks of major American police forces to share best practices and operational tactics with Israeli counter-terrorism experts

(Jerusalem, Israel) - A delegation of ten senior counter-terrorism specialists from the police departments of New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, and Montgomery County (MD) is currently in Israel through Project Interchange, an institute of AJC. The week-long educational program will showcase Israeli technological and operational advances in counter-terrorism tactics. Additionally, it will offer the group of deputy chiefs, commanders, captains, and senior analysts an opportunity to exchange information on best practices with their Israeli counterparts.

On the agenda are discussions on countering the financing of terror operations and organizations, cutting-edge counter-terrorism technologies, and airport security. Several sessions throughout the week will also address broader strategic issues, including Israel’s reaction to homegrown terrorism, security cooperation by the Israeli and Palestinian Authority defense forces, Israeli and Palestinian politics and society, and the peace process.

The program marks Project Interchange’s second seminar for counter-terrorism experts this year. The first, in September, was tailored for European counter-terrorism experts.

Sam Witkin, Executive Director of Project Interchange, said, “Each year, Project Interchange invites leading American and European counter-terrorism specialists to Israel to experience first-hand the country’s hard-won expertise in combating terrorism. These programs offer participants exposure to Israeli technological advances and operational tactics, and help to establish collaborative ties between responsible law enforcement agencies worldwide.”