U.S. Law Enforcement Learns from Israel

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Israel has the most experienced anti-terrorism police forces in the world.

Now, American law enforcement officers are learning from Israel's experience.

For decades, Israel has been on the front lines of the war on terror. Since 9-11, the U.S. now faces similar threats and dangers from Islamic terror. A program started in 2004 by the Anti-Defamation League is putting U.S. and Israeli police forces together.

CBN News joined the latest group of U.S. and Israeli law enforcement officers on one stop of their week-long visit and also got a rare look inside the security system monitoring Jerusalem's Old City.

"The purpose is very simple. Israel has for the 60 years of its history developed an unbelievable and tragic expertise on terrorism, and now when America needs that expertise, the Israelis are very kindly allowing their best and brightest to share it with our best and brightest," said David McCoy with the Anti-Defamation League.

Mark White said, "Israel has been in this business, this terrorism business longer than anyone. They've suffered I think more than anyone, but they've also learned more than anyone. And they've been teaching us since we got here, lessons they've learned to try and make us stronger over in the U.S."

The U.S. law enforcement officials came from around the country. These officers expect to use the lessons learned here back in the U.S.

"We've had our incidents in the past couple of years, but you don't get the sense of the importance that you do here and the constant awareness, the citizen involvement, the volunteerism that's just hugely evident in everything the national police do here," McCoy said.

"That is not happened to the level it's happened in this country yet, so those are some of the things that I think unfortunately we're going to be subject to in American, and these are the things we can help prepare ourselves for," he added.

Preparing U.S. police forces is one of the main goals of the program. Micky Rosenfeld, spokesman for Jerusalem Police Department, explained what they hope to pass along.

"We tend to give as much understanding as possible so they can enlarge both their police operations on a day to day basis when they go back to the States, we believe in the long term it will also help and improve the general security situation in the U.S., being aware of the possibilities, the type of attacks that can take place," Rosenfeld said.

"One of the things we have to do is always be vigilant," White said. "And you know, they're teaching the public to be involved way more than we are in the U.S. We give it our best shot, but I don't think the personal effect of terrorism has hit enough people unfortunately."

McCoy said, "I think this is really an opportunity for Americans to perhaps save American lives through the generosity, the expertise of the Israelis and the nation of Israel in sharing its lessons learned in a very tragic and unfortunate war against terrorism."

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Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

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