Officials of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (DS/ATA) will be at Mercyhurst University on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to honor the Institute for Intelligence Studies for its role in fighting international terrorism.
Under contract with the State Department since 2007, Mercyhurst intelligence studies faculty and students developed a training program for law enforcement agencies in Latin America, Africa and Asia that faculty ultimately delivered in Uganda, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaysia, Trinidad, among others.
“Our goal has been to acquaint local police chiefs and commissioners in selected international locales with the law enforcement analysis process so they can deal effectively with local threats, from organized crime to human trafficking to terrorism,” said James Breckenridge, Ph.D., executive director of the institute.
Since ATA's inception, more than 84,000 security and law enforcement officials from more than 154 countries have received antiterrorism training through ATA’s collaborations. Besides enhancing the antiterrorism skills of partner nations, the ATA’s initiative has served to strengthen the bilateral ties of the United States with the governments of its allies.
On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the new Center for Academic Engagement (CAE), Wayne Cleveland, curriculum management branch chief with the DS/ATA, and Gary Hartman, curriculum project manager, will present a certificate of appreciation to Breckenridge and institute representatives. They will also tour the intelligence studies department’s new facilities in the CAE.
Their visit was originally scheduled in October but was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy.
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