Little Control, Supervision Over Who Teaches Counterterrorism To Cops


The Washington Monthly describes a course taught to police officers by Sam Kharoba at Broward College in Davie, Fl. “We constantly hear statements,” Kharoba began, “that Islam is a religion of peace, and we constantly hear of jihadists who are trying to kill as many non-Muslims as they can.” Kharoba's course would establish for his students that one of these narratives speaks to a deep truth about Islam, and the other is a calculated lie.

While the federal government covers much of the cost of counterterrorism instruction, it has surprisingly little control over who is chosen to conduct the training. Structural problems abound, says the Monthly. There is no unified system of expert evaluation or regulatory authority to impose quality control. By design, state and local law enforcement is not the responsibility of the federal government, and neither is officer training. While the Department of Homeland Security offers certification, this only means that approved courses are eligible for DHS funds. If the course is paid for by other means—by a regional source, or by another federal department—DHS accreditation isn't necessarily required. Even DHS money, once received by a state or local police department, can often be used for trainers without DHS accreditation.

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