Nearly 130 law enforcement officers from all over the state of Texas gathered at Greene Family Camp in central Texas for ADL’s statewide Hate Crimes, Domestic Terrorism & Criminal Extremism training.
Coordinated by ADL’s North Texas-Oklahoma Regional Office Director Roberta Clark, with the help of the Southwest Regional Office in Houston and the Austin Regional Office, the training provided law enforcement officers with an overview of the Sovereign Citizen movement, militias and anti-government extremists, and white supremacists. ADL National Director of Investigative Research, Mark Pitcavage gave the overview, which was supplemented by Jean and Jerry Moore Southwest Area Counsel Cheryl Drazin’s review of hate crimes and hate crime laws.
Among the agencies represented at the training: Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin police departments, and the police departments of many other towns in our regions, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety (from all over the state), Homeland Security, the FBI, Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) several university and college police departments, including the University of Texas and Texas A&M University, and officers from the State Comptroller’s Office and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Those in attendance seemed to appreciate the training. One law enforcement official from ADL’s Southwest Region said, “the training was very beneficial and well-received. I was very impressed with the turnout… I look forward to working with you..and sincerely appreciate all you guys do for us.”
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Greene Family Camp generously provided the venue for the training and lunch for everyone presenting or attending. The training was made possible through the generosity of the Edith and Sidney Goldensohn Fund of the ADL’s Fund for the Future Southwest Region. Alan Helfman of River Oaks Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram also sponsored the training.