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 contractors. JINSA launched its Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) shortly after 9/11, and since 2002 has run annual trips to Israel for US federal, state, and local law enforcement. Over 11,000 additional American law enforcement officials have attended LEEP conferences nationwide, which bring in Israeli security officials as experts.
Another organization that organizes and sponsors these trainings is the American Jewish Committee (AJC). The AJC’s Project Interchange brings government officials, policy makers, media officials, civic and student leaders to Israel to meet with their counterparts, including senior Israeli government officials.
The Police Department of Baltimore, Maryland, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. John Skinner served as Major of Baltimore Police Department and as the Commanding Officer of the Criminal Intelligence section. Major Skinner attended a training in Israel with JINSA as one of their first LEEP delegates when the program launched in 2002. He also served as Deputy Police Commissioner. Some of the training he received includes a briefing on the “Israeli-Arab conflict” from former Israeli military intelligence spokesperson Miri Eisen, as well as trainings in airport security, terrorist financing, the effectiveness of the Separation Barrier, and protecting civil rights while combating terrorism amid the threat of “global jihad.” Major Skinner was “very impressed” with the Israel Police Department, claiming the trip was in fact, a “a very personal experience.” He currently serves as faculty at Towson University where he teaches courses in criminal justice.
Additionally, in 2009, Baltimore Police Department officials attended a training in Israel with the AJC as delegates of Project Interchange.