The International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies hosted a seminar on “Combating Terrorism: The Role of Law Enforcement” on June 11, 2015. The latest aborted plot to attack police officers in Boston underscores once again the critical role of law enforcement in combating terrorism. And yet, perceptions, legal frameworks, organizational structures, policies, and actions vary extensively both domestically and internationally. Is a standardization of “best practices” desirable or possible? A panel of U.S. and foreign experts discussed past lessons and forecasted challenges and opportunities in confronting terrorism by local, state, national, regional, and global policing bodies.
The event was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) and included opening remarks by Potomac Institute for Policy Studies CEO and Chairman, Michael Swetnam. The panel included Michael Braun (Former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations (SES-6); co-founder of SGI Global, LLC), Dr. Ivan Anchev (Counselor and Police Liaison, Embassy of Bulgaria), Sergeant Mark Landahl (Supervisor, School Resource Unit, Frederick County (MD) Sheriff’s Office), Captain Dave Martin (Assistant Director, Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, Frederick County (MD) Sheriff’s Office), and Professor Dean Alexander (Director, Homeland Security Research Program and Professor, Homeland Security at the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University). Closing remarks were given by General Alfred Gray (Ret.) (Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps; Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies).