By Michael Wagers, Guest Blogger; and Director, Division of State and Provincial Police, IACP
The IACP Committee on Terrorism held its midyear meeting May 21-24 in Berlin, Germany. The committee, chaired by FBI Executive Assistant Director Mark Giuliano, was hosted by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Bundeskriminalamt (the German Federal Criminal Police).
Forty-three committee members, subject matter experts, and committee guests held discussions on a variety of topics including
- homegrown violent extremism;
- Iran, Hezbollah, and Shia extremism;
- domestic terrorism trends;
- the role of Europol in the fight against international terrorism;
- the U.S. Department of Defense’s cooperation with law enforcement; and
- threats to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
There was a featured discussion on information sharing best practices, with presentations by the Australian Federal Police; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; the Los Angeles, California, Police Department; and the Boston, Massachusetts, Regional Intelligence Center.
The committee received reports from its counterradicalization working group and an update from members of the Unified Message Task Team. The committee also passed a resolution on conducting bias-free counterrorism training.
Ambassador Philip D. Murphy hosted a reception for the committee at the U.S. Embassy on the opening night of the midyear meeting. Chairman Giuliano presented the IACP/Booz Allen Hamilton International Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism during the dinner meeting on the second evening. The recipient was the Spanish National Police and Civil Guard.
During their time in Berlin, committee members toured the German Federal Chancellery, the Reichstag, and the German Joint Counterrorism Center (GTAZ). During the tour of the GTAZ, the committee heard presentations about the terrorist threat facing Germany and the modus operandi of Islamic terrorist offenders.