Nov. 8, 2011
The Oklahoma Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism just received a 2.2 million dollar grant from the Federal Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of training beat cops all over the country to become “first collectors” (of information) rather than first responders to the need of the taxpayers who pay their salaries. We expect our police for to serve and protect our communities but Homeland Security has needs too-it needs information on everyone because this tips the balance of power away from the people to favor the government. The federal government wants our police to serve and protect THEM from US.
Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is happy to oblige.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 7 (UPI) — The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism has received a grant from the U.S. government to continue training police officers nationwide.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for MIPT’s Information Collection on Patrol training is for $2.2 million.
“This grant from the Department of Homeland Security through FEMA will bring the InCOP training program to tens of thousands of police officers nationally,” said MIPT Director David Cid. “Our training gives line officers skills that enhance our security and safety.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice have made InCOP a central component of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, or SAR [MIPT is an official training provider for SAR]. Agencies large and small, urban and rural, traditional and tribal, are successfully implementing InCOP concepts within their training.
From the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency (FEMA);
AWR-220: InCOP Build a Shield
InCOP 4 – Build a Shield is a two hour course that provides instruction on law enforcement’s role in the identification of behaviors that may be precursors to terrorism or other criminal activity. The course examines the deconstruction model for identifying indicators and warnings and explains how to populate a threat assessment in the context of the patrol environment. Understanding the way the intelligence community conducts threat assessments on emerging threats will enhance the ability to gather more useful information as related to indicators and warnings.
Date of Article: 07/06/2011
InCOP teachers officers to better “first collectors” for the Department of Homeland Security via Suspicious Activity Reporting (SARS)
InCOP Police Training
MIPT’s Information Collection on Patrol (InCOP®) police training focuses on the basic and critical skill of information collection by the front line police officer. MIPT’s primary delivery model involves “institutionalizing” the training in departments via in-service cycle. Trainers come to MIPT for an immersive experience. While MIPT trains a few- those trainers go back to their departments and train thousands.The overall goal of enhancing line officer collection leads to better intelligence, tactical awareness, and crime and terrorism prevention. As a Department of Homeland Security training partner, MIPT offers police training courses funded by the Homeland Security National Training Program.
What is a SAR?
Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) is the process of documenting the observation of behavior that may be indicative of intelligence gathering or pre-operational planning related to terrorism, criminal, or other illicit intentions.
Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI)
Integrates state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies’ SAR processes into a nationwide standardized and institutionalized effort
Read more about SARS and national information collecting here-
What constitutes “suspicious activity”?
Successful surveillance detection efforts require immediate reporting of incidents similar to the following:
- Multiple sightings of the same suspicious person, vehicle, or activity, separated by time, distance, or direction
- Individuals who stay at bus or train stops for extended periods while buses and trains come and go
- Individuals who carry on long conversations on pay or cellular telephones
- Individuals who order food at a restaurant and leave before the food arrives or who order without eating
- Joggers who stand and stretch for an inordinate amount of time
- Individuals sitting in a parked car for an extended period of time
- Individuals who don’t fit into the surrounding environment because they are wearing improper attire for the location or season
- Individuals drawing pictures or taking notes in an area not normally of interest to a tourist or showing unusual interest in or photographing security cameras, guard locations, or watching security reaction drills and procedures
- Individuals who exhibit suspicious behavior, such as staring or quickly looking away from individuals or vehicles as they enter or leave facilities or parking areas
Source: Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
LAPD online; http://www.lapdonline.org/home/content_basic_view/27436
That list was from the LAPD’s website (cited as the model for state collection of SARs –suspicious activity reports)
The MIPT is a Homeland Security training partner.
The MIPT’s Mission
The MIPT’s “mission is to enhance the public safety through training, professional development and education under the MIPT’s Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement.”
The MIPT “is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security training partner serving the nation’s 850,000 uniformed officers and law enforcement leadership.” Who We Are
Some of the underlying assumptions of MIPT training are listed as follow:
- The local intelligence base is the bedrock of the national intelligence architecture.
- The uniformed officer is the first collector.
- Training that improves information collection broadly “lifts all boats,” with enhanced outcomes across all crime problems.
- Training the entire cadre of uniformed officers creates a culture of information collection and sharing.
Here is a sample of what is being taught to police officers nationwide by the MIPT;
Which of these two people are most likely to pose a threat?
An Arab-American male in his mid-twenties is photographing the Golden Gate Bridge. While doing so, he takes time to stop and recite Islamic prayers after kneeling and bowing to the east.
A Caucasian woman in her late fifties is photographing the Golden Gate Bridge.
Don’t jump to conclusions-fifty year old ladies might very well be the more suspicious of the two….it all, that depends on the context….
Read more (page 30)
Department of Homeland Security federalizing police?
Here is what one “un-named insider” has to say regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s meddling in law enforcement training;
During the past several years, I have witnessed a dramatic shift in the focus of law enforcement training. Law enforcement courses have moved away from a local community focus to a federally dominated model of complete social control. Most training I have attended over the past two years have been sponsored by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), namely the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
InCOP puts heavy emphasis on the use of human informants and infiltrators which is a most intrusive and destructive form of surveillance to unleash upon the average citizens in a free society This type of policing breeds distrust between the people and their public servants. This type of policing is for protecting the government and not the people.