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Complex Coordinated Attacks are Focus of Emerging Issues Trainings

IACLEA is pleased to announce that this fall’s Emerging Issues Series in person trainings will focus on Complex Coordinated Attacks (CCAs). What is a Complex Coordinated Attack, you may ask? First, you should come to the training for an in-depth overview, and second, in this space, we’ll allow our instructors, Director Robert Mueck of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and Chief Michael Clesceri, of McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois, to explain:

Complex Coordinated Attacks (CCAs) are the focus of our national security partners. A CCA is a synchronized attack conducted by two or more semi-independent teams at multiple locations, in close succession, initiated with little or no warning, using multiple well-trained attackers, and employing one or more of the following: firearms, explosives, vehicles, and fire as a weapon. It is a dynamic, complex incident that requires an integrated, unified response. These attacks are often directed at “soft targets,” such as shopping centers, movie theatres, universities, and public transit hubs, with secondary attacks directed at first responders.

The training will provide information on how this issue affects institutions of higher education, as well as extremism on college campuses. The discussion will cover resources and best practices on dealing with this issue. This daylong course is designed to help officers recognize and understand the complexities, training, intelligence, resources and response necessary if these incidents occur.

Want to learn more about Complex Coordinated Attacks? The course is being offered four times in October 2018 on the campuses of these IACLEA members:

October 17, 2018, at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina  FREE!, but registration is required.

October 18, 2018, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

October 24, 2018, at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois (Chicago area)

October 25, 2018, at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

This one-day class is only $70 for members, and $150 for non-members, so sign up today before the class is filled!

NOTE: There is no cost for the training at Wake Forest University, thanks to a grant from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management, provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA).  

If you have questions, please contact Director of Training Josh Bronson, or 202-618-8840.

Pictured: Officers with the University of Hartford Department of Public Safety participate in an active shooter training in November 2017.


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