For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
SAN DIEGO - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveled to San Diego to deliver remarks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 119th Annual Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition, highlighting the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) commitment to collaborating with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement to combat evolving threats and protect our nation’s communities.
“It is an honor to be with the men and women who keep our communities—here and abroad—safe and secure every day,” said Secretary Napolitano. “DHS is committed to continuing to support law enforcement and first responders on the frontlines through training, information sharing and collaboration.”
During her remarks, Secretary Napolitano announced the launch of a new Countering Violent Extremism Training Resource Webportal, co-hosted by DHS and the FBI. The portal, developed in close partnership with IACP and other law enforcement association, is now available to federal, state, local, tribal, territorial and correction law enforcement practitioners through the Homeland Security Information Network.
The Webportal provides access to hundreds of the most current Countering Violent Extremism training materials, case studies, analytic products, and other resources. It also provides a platform for communication and information sharing about Countering Violent Extremism among DHS and other law enforcement agencies across the country.
Secretary Napolitano also highlighted DHS’ efforts to help train federal, state, and local law enforcement to prevent and respond to active shooter threats through the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection’s active Shooter Awareness Program; the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s training for U.S. law enforcement officers, and Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshops across the country. Secretary Napolitano also discussed the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative— an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators potentially related to terrorism and terrorism-related crime; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation and fusion centers for analysis. To date, over 234,000 law enforcement officers have been trained through the SAR initiative.
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