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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.

    The Police Department of Dallas, Texas, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Over the years, the Dallas Police Department sent two of its Chiefs to train in Israel. David M. Kunkle served as Chief of Dallas Police Department from 2004-2010. Chief Kunkle attended a training in Israel with JINSA as a delegate of their LEEP program in November 2005.

    David Brown served as Chief of Dallas Police Department between 2010 and 2016. Chief Brown attended a training in Israel with JINSA as a delegate of their LEEP program in 2011. His training included meeting with a journalist from the Israeli press and learning about his approach to reporting on “the conflict [here] in the Middle East.” He now works in corporate media as an analyst for ABC News.

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