White House Hosts Police Chiefs to Discuss Homegrown Terrorism


The Obama administration is providing senior state and local police officials with its analysis of homegrown terrorism incidents, including common signs law enforcement can use to identify violent extremists, reports the Associated Press. The warning signs include someone joining a group advocating violence, receiving support from a network that plans attacks or seeking out charismatic leaders who encourage violence.

The analysis comes from the Homeland Security Department, the FBI, and the National Counterterrorism Center. An overview was shared with the Associated Press and was being presented today at a White House conference. The conference marks the first time the unclassified analysis is presented to 46 senior federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, many of them police chiefs and sheriffs. The conference includes sessions on other federal programs for countering violent extremism and a briefing from a deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department about what the city has done on this front.

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