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    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 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 combatting terror since 2003. That same year the ADL established an Advanced Training School that brings delegations of Israeli law enforcement to speak to American law enforcement officials, involving over 1,000 U.S. participants since the program began.

    The Police Department of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Darrel Stephens served as Chief of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department between 1999 and 2008. Chief Stephens attended a training in Israel in 2005 with JINSA as a delegate of the LEEP program. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University in June 2008 as an Instructor in the School of Education’s Public Safety Leadership Program, where he instructs police managers. Graduates of the program have gone on to lead police departments and other public safety agencies. In 2008, he established the Darrel Stephens Group, LLC, a consulting firm whose principal clients are police departments and other public agencies across the United States.

    In March 2010, officials from the department attended a training in Israel with the ADL as delegates of the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar.

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