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Bombing Prevention Training

The Department offers training to state, local, and private sector partners to enhance awareness of terrorist threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources. Workshops and courses educate participants on strategies for detecting and mitigating these threats.

The Office for Bombing Prevention develops and maintains the training and works with state homeland security officials and state training offices to coordinate course delivery.

State, local, tribal, and territorial agencies and critical infrastructure owners and operators can request courses through the Department’s Regional Directors and Protective Security Advisors. Bombing prevention training complements other measures to protect critical infrastructure sites by developing the capabilities of facility security officials to identify, detect, and prevent terrorist activities.

Training Courses

  • Private Sector Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop
    Educates private sector security professionals about counterterrorism tactics and techniques through exposure to key elements of soft target awareness, surveillance detection, and improvised explosive device (IED) recognition.
  • Bombing Prevention Workshop
    Enhances effectiveness in managing a bombing incident, for regional-level stakeholders and planners within emergency management, security, and law enforcement, through analysis of current strategy development and regional best practices.
  • Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Awareness / Bomb Threat Management Workshop
    Enhances participants’ knowledge, skills, and abilities concerning IEDs. Outlines specific safeties associated with bomb threat management and IED awareness, incidents, and prevention.
  • Improvised Explosive Device Search Procedures
    Increases preparedness of security personnel and facility managers of sites that are hosting a special security event. Focuses on general safeties used for specialized search and explosives sweeps and can be tailored to meet specific participants’ needs.
  • Soft Target Awareness
    Enhances individual and organizational terrorism awareness and facilitates information sharing. Commercial infrastructure facility managers, supervisors, operators, and security staff learn to be proactive and better understand their roles in deterring, detecting, and defending facilities from terrorism. Participants choose from five focus areas within the commercial facilities sector: Stadiums and Arenas; Places of Worship; Education; Malls and Shopping Centers; and Large Buildings, Hotels, and Medical Facilities.
  • Protective Measures
    Enhances commercial sector individual and organizational awareness on how to devalue, detect, deter, and defend facilities from terrorism, providing the knowledge and skills necessary to understand common vulnerabilities and employ effective protective measures. Serves as a follow-up to the Soft Target Awareness Course, focusing more on implementation than awareness.

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  • Surveillance Detection Training for Municipal Officials and State and Local Law Enforcement
    Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to establish surveillance detection operations to protect critical infrastructure and key resources during periods of elevated threat. Reviews terrorist tactics and attack history and illustrates the means and methods to detect surveillance. Designed for municipal security officials and state and local law enforcement with jurisdiction over nationally significant CIKR.
  • Surveillance Detection Training for Commercial Infrastructure Operators and Security Staff
    Teaches commercial infrastructure operators and security staff of nationally significant CIKR facilities how protective measures can detect and deter potential threats to CIKR and fundamentals for detecting surveillance activity. Participants apply skills such as vulnerability and red zone analysis, surveillance detection, and observation and reporting during practical exercises.

For more information about bombing prevention training programs, contact your local Regional Director or Protective Security Advisor or

Last Published Date: September 17, 2014
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