One of the organizations 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 Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Michael McGrath has served as Superintendent of the Lower Merion Police Department since 2009. Superintendent McGrath attended a training in Israel with the ADL as a delegate of the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in 2013, representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The seminar in Israel was a unique opportunity to see how Israeli police and security forces address terrorism and to interact first-hand with people that face one of the toughest security challenges in the world. Their use of technology “ cameras, electronic sensors (border, airport), and biometrics, along with the professionalism and competency displayed by all the individuals and units we interacted with while touring Israel was outstanding. “ Superintendent McGrath
In 2015, he attended a meeting put on by community members on racial profiling from the Lower Merion Police Department. Superintendent McGrath denied that racial profiling existed in his department and was congratulated for denying racial profiling by a local police union, Lower Merion Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 284, who suggested that ending racial profiling meant putting police lives in danger: “Hey Diana–You have ZERO credibility. You are an anti-police bigot! Our members are doing good police work and you’re making it harder. Will you be happy when one of us is finally killed because of your bigoted rhetoric?” Superintendent McGrath failed to repudiate the local police union’s comments.