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Continued from page 67 A residential, nine-week program of instruction provides the initial entrylevel army civilian police course training for U.S. law enforcement and security forces. Currently the course consists of 400 academic hours of instruction, equaling more than 1,700 hours of instructor contact, including practical exercises and lab work. The program is validated and accredited by the Training and Doctrine Command of the U.S. Army and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation. The academy training development project was implemented after the attacks of 9/11. The DOD decided that in order to have safe and secure installations in the United States, it is necessary to hire, train, and equip a civilian police force. This force needed to be trained on specific curricula and standards. The current academy trains students from the U.S. Army and the Defense Logistics Agency organizations at any of the eight annual nine-week classes. Other DOD and government entities that employ civilian police have expressed interest in participating in this program. A typical police course attendee is a U.S. Army employee who must attend and successfully complete this vigorous nine weeks of instruction to continue employment with the army. Students are arranged in configurations, as is true with any police academy, in which the students live, eat, and train. Normal class size is 30–45 students and at any given time, two courses are running concurrently. A total of 360 new army civilian police officers can be trained each year at the Fort Leonard Wood Academy. civilian officers as Deterrents A testament to the rigors and value of these police officers is the results of the November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, where two U.S. Army civilian police officers were instrumental in stopping further carnage by disabling the shooter. There have been numerous events across the U.S. Army and the DOD since then that testify to the criticality of having a professionally trained and alert civilian police and guard presence to act as deterrents. These police officers must be able to pass a physical screening and a physical fitness test prior to employment and during the conduct of the course. It is hands-on, get-in-your-face, detail-driven training, which produces welltrained, mission-ready officers. Since 2007, the course has produced police officers found at army facilities across the United States. Their duties go beyond that of a regular civilian police officer. These are the U.S. Army’s military police force multipliers and first responders to acts of crime and terrorism. Most importantly, these officers allow the military police corps to be available for the mission they were trained to do: protect and support deployed forces in combat arenas. v Educational Programs for Fusion center Directors By Brian Seals, Public affairs Writer, center for homeland Defense Security T o mature and strengthen the management capabilities of fusion center leaders through academic homeland security coursework, the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) provides an executive-level educational program for fusion center directors. About 20 intelligence professionals across all levels of government participate in each session, each of which addresses the critical questions facing state and major urban area fusion center leaders and their roles in homeland security. The CHDS offers a master’s degree for homeland security. The Fusion Centers Leaders Program (FCLP) is a nondegree program offered at CHDS. Students receive a professional certificate of completion for FCLP. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was developed based on input from interagency partners, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and state and local partners through the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council and National Fusion Center Association. DHS, in coordination with its interagency partners, supported the development of the program to enhance the management capabilities across the national network of fusion centers and enable best practices in information sharing and leadership to be shared THE POLICE CHIEF/NOVEMBER 2010 among the fusion center directors. The program represents ongoing DHS initiatives to support achieving the baseline capabilities for state and major urban area fusion centers. By achieving this baseline level of capability, a fusion center will have the necessary structures, processes, and tools in place to support the gathering, processing, analysis, and dissemination of terrorism, homeland security, and law enforcement information. The sessions highlight fusion center critical operational capabilities, including the ability to 1. receive classified and unclassified information from federal partners; 2. assess local implications of threat information through the use of a formal risk assessment process; 3. disseminate threat information to other state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector entities within their jurisdictions; and 4. gather locally generated information, aggregate it, analyze it, and share it with federal partners. Throughout the program, participants have the opportunity to discuss, debate, and engage in dialogue about these pivotal issues as well as other fusion center management challenges. Recognizing that fusion centers are owned and operated by state and local partners, the program also focuses on building standard capability and enhancing management capacities to enable fusion centers to operate at an enhanced level of capacity. The program is not a standard training course, but rather an executive-level educational program that presents learning objectives pertaining to intelligence, fusion centers, and operating a complex organization. “Since 9/11,” said John Miller, ODNI Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analytic Transformation and Technology, “the threat has shifted from one driven by al-Qaida to a more decentralized movement that capitalizes on globalization and the Internet to lure recruits from U.S. soil to commit violent acts.” He pointed to the foiled Times Square bombing in May 2010 and to a plot to build bombs hatched in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, last fall among examples of where planning was conducted far from big-city targets. He added, These kinds of domestically executed attacks heighten the importance of the work fusion centers do. We have been very effective in terms of our strategy in crushing the organizational structure of al-Qaida and in keeping its leadership on the run. The unintended consequence of that is the use of modern communications to generate mass appeals, which may result in only a few people coming forward who embrace the terrorist ideology, but a few people are all it Continued on page 70 68

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Police Chief - November 2010

The Police Chief - November 2010
President’s Message: The Year Ahead
Legislative Alert: Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Sustain Federal Government
IACP Foundation: Law Enforcement Leaders Learn, with a Corporate Twist
Chief’s Counsel: Legal Training and Concerns for Conducted Energy Weapons
Advances & Applications
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute: A Bellwether for Leadership Training in Florida
Training for Face-to-Face Encounters
Beyond Survival toward Officer Wellness (BeSTOW): Targeting Law Enforcement Training
New Members
Product Update
Transforming a Police Agency by Connecting Training, Performance, and Assessment to Promotion
The Field Training Experience: Perspectives of Field Training Officers and Trainees
Tips for Training with a Firearms Simulator
Survey: The Status of Field Training
Nine-Week Army Program Provides Civilian Police Force Training
Educational Programs for Fusion Center Directors
Training and Tools to Serve the Line Officer
Technology Talk
Index to Advertisers
Highway Safety Initiatives

The Police Chief - November 2010