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 Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Michael Wynn became Acting Chief of Pittsfield Police Department in 2007 and was appointed Chief in 2017. Wynn attended ADL’s National Counter Terrorism Seminar in Israel in January 2013.
A piece by Seth Kershner, Children and Swat Raids: An Unintended Consequence, criticizes a raid by a SWAT team that Chief Wynns police department sponsors. According to the article, the SWAT team arrested suspects in a separate location and then continued a raid that placed children in harm.