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    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 San Luis Obispo, California, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Steve Gesell served as Chief of San Luis Obispo Police Department between 2012 and 2015, and attended a training in Israel with the ADL as a delegate of the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in September 2014. Chief Gesell was let go because of organizational differences” between him and city officials. In 2016, he was hired hired by his former boss as the new Chief of Cottonwood Police Department in Arizona.

    He formerly served as chairman of the San Luis Obispo County Criminal Justice Administrators Association, and on the board of directors for the California Police Chiefs Association representing San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. He also taught at Arizona’s largest police academy, and recently served as an instructor for Northwestern University teaching “interpersonal and organizational communication” to police managers around the country.


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