Law Enforcement Officers Train for Domestic Terrorism

Law enforcement officers from northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia participated in a safety training session at the Oxford Performing Arts Center today. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama, the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Oxford Police Department presented the training. Law Enforcement officials say the training has been taking place since November of 2010 and they have trained more than 2,000 officers in North Alabama . They say today is about creating awareness and inspiring dialogue. In an afternoon session, officers studied the August 5, 2012, mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in which authorities say a white supremacist shot and killed six temple worshippers. The accused gunman, a U.S. Army veteran, also wounded three other worshippers and the first officer on the scene. That officer, Retired Patrol Lieutenant Brian Murphy, was struck a total of 15 times and was at today’s training to share his experience. More than 400 officers learned how to better prepare for potential encounters with domestic extremists at today’s conference.

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