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 Sheriff’s Office of Orange County, Florida, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Kevin Beary served as Sheriff of Orange County Sheriff’s Office between 1993 and 2009. Chief Beary attended a training in Israel in August 2002. As of 2018, Beary is on the Board of Advisors of JINSA.
Kevin Beary is now the Director of Business Development at Point Blank Enterprises, a company which, according to their website, “is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of high performance, protective solutions for the U.S. Military and Department of Defense, Federal Agencies and both domestic and international law enforcement and corrections professionals.” He is also an Independent Security Consultant for the Center for Security Solutions, which has offices in Florida and California. Over the course of his career, he has been involved with various Homeland Security and counterterrorism initiatives, emergency task forces, and international intelligence and training projects, including in Afghanistan.