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 State Patrol of Washington is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. John R. Batiste served as Chief of Washington State Patrol since 2005. Chief Batiste attended a training in Israel with JINSA as a delegate of the LEEP program in June 2011. Batiste is an executive board member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Governing Body.
In addition to training in Israel, Washington State Patrol spent $59,158.92 to crack into phones using private Israeli tech firm Cellebrite. Israel-based Cellebrite manufactures data extraction, transfer and analysis devices for cellular phones and mobile devices for law enforcement, military and intelligence, and corporate customers. Washington State Patrol uses Cellebrite’s technology to bypass phone passwords and security mechanisms to retrieve call logs, text messages, and in some cases even deleted data.