The bombing at the Boston Marathon and the killing of two deputy sheriffs in Saint John Parish, Louisiana, by two sovereign citizens demonstrate that violent extremism of all types continues to be a reality in the United States. Although the best way to counteract acts of terror is through prevention, Unfortunately, no preventive measures currently available will completely eliminate the possibility of a terrorist attack. If that eventuality does arise, local law enforcement agencies will be among the first responders. Therefore, all departmental personnel must be prepared to respond properly to the attack.
Pursuant to passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies began to systemically reorganize. Following the 9/11 terrorist attack, most state and local law enforcement agencies began to include a commitment to "fighting terrorism" in their mission statements.
While some countries with longstanding terrorism problems, such as Israel, have law enforcement agencies primarily designed to prevent and respond to terror attacks. In other nations, counter-terrorism a relatively more recent objective of civilian police and law enforcement agencies.
In order for local law enforcement agencies to prepare for terrorist attacks and active threat incidents, they must understand the nature of the potential active shooter/active threat targets in their communities. Unfortunately, this potential is rather broad, and varies greatly depending upon the type of weapon to be used.
Airports have been a favorite locale for terrorist attacks in the past, but airport attacks have typically involved explosives, rather than firearms. Terrorists may conclude that, rather than targeting an airport far from the city’s center of population, acts of terror can be more effectively deployed in locations such as downtown bus terminals, train stations, and subway systems. For this reason, mass transit locations are likely targets for terrorists in the future.
In a spontaneously occurring terrorism or active threat situation, survival and success depends on immediate action. Apex Officer’s counter terrorism simulator teaches police officers and first responders how to survive a combative situation when confronted and attacked by a street-wise assailant or professionally trained enemy combatant. Our technology hones muscle memory, enabling the police officer or first responder to immediately recall vital tactics under stress.
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