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  • Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

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    The Sheriff’s Office of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Officials from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office traveled to Israel for a training with the Israeli police and private security experts through AIPAC, as delegates of the AIEF and the National Sheriffs Association (NSA). The NSA is a trade association that represents thousands of sheriffs, deputies and other public safety and law enforcement officers. The NSA offers police training and other services to these officials and builds networking relationships among local, state and federal law enforcement, in part to share homeland security programs and projects. One of the primary ways the NSA helps sheriffs' offices, departments and associations nationwide is to find and prepare applications for state and federal homeland security grant funding, one of the sources that provide funding for trainings in Israel to local, state and federal law enforcement and public agencies.

    One of the organizations that organize and sponsor these trainings is the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF). The AIEF is a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). AIPAC is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United Read more [...]

  • Tybee Island Police Department

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    The Police Department of Tybee Island, Georgia, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Officials serving in the Tybee Island Police Department attended a GILEE training in Israel in 2013.

    The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) is one of the organizations that organize and sponsor these joint trainings. As a joint program of the Georgia State University and local law enforcement, GILEE works to foster cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Georgia and Israel, educating Israeli law enforcement on Read more [...]

  • United States Capitol Police

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    The United States Capitol Police is among the Federal departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Terrance W. Gainer served as Chief of the United States Capitol Police between 2002 and 2006. Larry D. Thompson has served as Deputy Chief of the United States Capitol Police. US Capitol police officials, including Gainer and Thompson, attended a training in Israel with JINSA as delegates of the LEEP program.

    One of the organizations that organize and sponsor these trainings is the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA). JINSA is a think tank that advocates for US-Israeli security cooperation, increased domestic military spending, and military aid to Israel, and has board members with close ties to US defense Read more [...]

  • University of Georgia Police Department

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    The Police Department of the University of Georgia is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Jimmy Williamson served as Chief of the University of Georgia Police Department between 2004 and 2018, during which he attended a GILEE training in Israel in 2011. Williamson plans to run for Sheriff of Oconee County in 2020. The current UGA Police Chief Dan Silk worked as a special agent for the US State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service and was assigned to a post in Israel before becoming UGAPD Chief in 2018.

    The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) is one of the organizations that organize and sponsor these joint trainings. As a joint program of the Georgia State University and local law enforcement, GILEE works to foster cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Georgia and Israel, educating Israeli law enforcement on Read more [...]

  • University of Texas Southwestern Police Department

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    The Police Department of the University of Texas Southwestern is among the departments that have hosted delegates from the Israel National Police. Michael J. Heidingsfield has served as Director of the University of Texas Southwestern Police Department since 2011. Director Heidingsfield delivered a training to the Israel National Police on "violence de-escalation," and gave a presentation at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities where one of the sessions included "ideas [on] how to tackle [...] controversies" like the "movements to boycott/divestment/sanction Israel" on campus.

    The Police Department of the University of Texas Southwestern is among the departments that have hosted delegates from the Israel National Police. Michael J. Heidingsfield has served as Director of the University of Texas Southwestern Police Department since 2011. Director Heidingsfield delivered a training to the Israel National Police on Read more [...]

  • University of Vermont Police Department

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    The Police Department of the University of Vermont is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Gary Margolis served as Chief of University of Vermont Police Department between 1998 and 2009. Chief Margolis attended a training in Israel with JINSA as a delegate of the LEEP program in February 2008. Margolis has led or been involved in several national and international initiatives for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Chief Margolis co-founded Margolis Healy, a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education.

    One of the organizations that organize and sponsor these trainings is the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA). JINSA is a think tank that advocates for US-Israeli security cooperation, increased domestic military spending, and military aid to Israel, and has board members with close ties to US defense Read more [...]

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department

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    The Police Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. The Chief of Police of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department attended a training in Israel with the ADL as a delegate of the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in September 2008.

    One of the organizations that sponsors these trainings is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL is a non-profit that works to combat anti-Semitism and advocate for Israel. In this context, the ADL runs a National Counter-Terrorism Seminar that has sent hundreds of top ranking officials to Israel to learn about Read more [...]

  • Upson County Sheriff’s Office

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    The Sheriff's Office of Upson County, Georgia, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Daniel Kilgore, Jr. served as Sheriff of Upson County since 2013, and attended a GILEE training in Israel in 2015.

    The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) is one of the organizations that organize and sponsor these joint trainings. As a joint program of the Georgia State University and local law enforcement, GILEE works to foster cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Georgia and Israel, educating Israeli law enforcement on Read more [...]

  • Ventura County Sheriffs Department

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    The Sheriff's Department of Ventura County, California, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Geoff Dean served as Sheriff of Ventura County between 2010 and 2018. Bob Brooks served as Sheriff of Ventura County between 1998 and 2011. In 2013, Sheriff Dean attended a training in Israel with the ADL as a delegate of the Western States Counter-Terrorism Seminar, modeled after the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar. Sheriff Brooks attended a training in Israel with JINSA as a delegate LEEP program.

    One of the organizations that sponsors these trainings is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL is a non-profit that works to combat anti-Semitism and advocate for Israel. In this context, the ADL runs a National Counter-Terrorism Seminar that has sent hundreds of top ranking officials to Israel to learn about Read more [...]

  • Vermont State Police

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    The Vermont State Police is one of the departments that uses Israeli private-sector technology. Vermont State Police spent $96,977.92 to crack into phones using Israeli tech firm Cellebrite, according to public record requests by Motherboard. Vermont State Police uses Cellebrite's technology to bypass phone passwords and security mechanisms to retrieve call logs, text messages, and in some cases even deleted data.

    One of the private companies that transfer technology to police departments is the Israel-based Cellebrite. Cellebrite is a “mobile forensics” firm that manufactures data extraction, transfer and analysis devices for cellular phones and mobile devices for law enforcement, military and intelligence, and corporate customers. The Vermont State Police is one Read more [...]