One of the organizations that sponsor 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.
Another organization that organizes and sponsors 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.
The Police Department of Chicago, Illinois, is among the departments that have sent delegates to and hosted delegates from Israel. In January 2003, U.S. law enforcement officials from Chicago traveled to Israel to attend a meeting on “Law Enforcement in the Era of Global Terror,” as part of JINSA’s LEEP program. The department then sent Dana V. Starks, Eddie Johnson, and Alfonza Wysinger to train in Israel over the following years. Dana V. Starks served as First Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. Starks attended a training in Israel with JINSA as a delegate of the LEEP program in January 2004. He now serves as the human relations commissioner for Mayor Daley.
Eddie Johnson served as Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. Johnson attended a training in Israel in 2016 with the ADL as a delegate of the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar. He still serves as the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. Alfonza Wysinger served as First Deputy Superintendent between 2011 and 2015. Wysinger attended a training in Israel in 2014 with the ADL as a delegate of the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar. Wysinger also participated in a training with the ADL’s Advanced Training School, where he helped host the Israel National Police Superintendent, Asa Gil-ad, at the Chicago Police Department in May 2014.