The Sheriff’s Department of Delaware County, Indiana, is among the departments that have sent officials to Israel. George Sheridan, Jr. served as Sheriff of Delaware County between 2003 and 2010. Sheriff Sheridan attended a training in Israel for law enforcement officers from Indiana in 2010. The training was funded through a federal Department of Homeland Security grant and support from the state of Indiana. Sheriff Sheridans training also includes serving as president of the Indiana SWAT Officers Association and subcommittee chairman of the special operations committee.
According to an article in the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Human Resources newsletter dated July 2010, Sheriff Sheridan said that there was a clear message he took from his delegation’s trip to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the West Bank:
“…terrorist operatives can easily blend into society through the use of local customs and behaviors. Thus, agencies in the United States have to be cognizant of U.S. citizens that have developed terrorist ideologies.”
Sheridan says the training experience and skills gained in Israel will be used to train and prepare law enforcement officers and safety organizations across the state to mitigate terrorist threats.