Israeli General Shares Counterterrorism Expertise with U.S. Law Enforcement
|Under the auspices of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Brigadier General Dov Lutzky of the Israel Police (IP) conducted a series of special briefings for federal, state and local law enforcement officials in California. Brigadier General Lutzky, commander of the Galilee Sub-District in Northern Israel, with nearly three decades of experience fighting terrorism, provided U.S. law enforcement personnel with the opportunity to draw upon Israel's expertise in combating and responding to terrorist attacks, with particular emphasis on suicide bombings.|
During the course of his visit to the United States, Brigadier General Lutzky met with representatives of nearly ninety law enforcement agencies and presented to more than 400 personnel.
In San Diego, General Lutzky presented at the first of six counter-terrorism conferences that will take place during the next year. The series, entitled Counter-Terrorism: Critical Skills for Law Enforcement, is jointly sponsored by ADL's San Diego Regional Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the San Diego Police Department.
The conferences are designed to provide information on global terrorism, domestic extremism, and a tactical approach to the issue counter-terrorism. In this first conference, held on March 16, the global presentation was given by a Special Agent of the FBI, the domestic analysis was provided by a member of the SDPD Criminal Intelligence Unit, and the tactical presentation was given by Brigadier General Lutzky. In attendance were over 50 law enforcement personnel, representing a broad range of federal, state, local and military agencies in the greater San Diego area.
The next day, General Lutzky met with San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender, the Sheriff's command staff, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis, and local chiefs of police or their representatives. General Lutzky also spoke at a meeting of the Joint Terrorism Task Force attended by representatives of the major police agencies in San Diego County. In his last presentation in San Diego, General Lutzky addressed a select audience of over 100 military personnel responsible for security at Naval Station San Diego and other naval bases in the area. Naval Station San Diego is the largest naval base in the continental United States.
Following his briefings in San Diego, General Lutzky traveled to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara where he presented at law enforcement training events organized by ADL's Pacific Southwest Regional Office. On March 18, Lutzky addressed more than 100 leading officials from over 25 law enforcement agencies throughout the region. Among the federal, state, and local agencies represented at the briefings were the Los Angeles Police and Sheriff's Departments, Beverly Hills Police Department, the Santa Barbara Police and Sheriff's Departments, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Finally, on March 22, General Lutzky conducted two briefings in San Francisco with local police departments and the San Francisco Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Brigadier General Dov Lutzky, prior to his service as commander of the Galilee Sub-District, was commander of the Amakim Sub-District and the commander of the Israel Police Academy's Officers Course and its Vocational Training Unit.
In addition to his law enforcement service, General Lutzky has been the head of security for El Al Airlines and the Embassy of Israel in Canada and in Cyprus. General Lutzky served as a platoon commander in Israel's armored corps during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. For his actions during the fighting on the Golan Heights, Lutzky was awarded Israel's Medal of Valor - an award bestowed only 200 times in Israel's history.
Through its unique relationship with the Israel Police, ADL is able to sponsor visits to America by top Israeli police commanders. In January, 2004, Brigadier General Amichai Shai addressed law enforcement audiences in Colorado, Alabama, and Washington, D.C. That same month, ADL sponsored a mission to Israel for the Terrorism Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Please contact ADL (www.adl.org/learn) to request training or to learn more about our programs for local, state, and federal law enforcement.
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