Guam – Local and federal law enforcement officials participated in a two day training on Anti-Terrorism.
The training was held at the Sheraton Laguna Resort and was conducted by Richard Marquise, the director of the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training, or SLATT.
SLATT was created in 1996, according but officials focused on prevention measures after the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Marquise explains that the goal of SLATT is to help build capacity in local communities so that law enforcement officers working with community partners can prevent a terrorist attack from happening. He also emphasizes that although the timing seems perfect, the training was not planned in response to the recent Boston Bombings.
“Even though it seems like because Boston just happened, it’s fresh in everybody’s mind American law enforcement has been extremely successful over the last 10 years in recognizing indicators, sharing information and dozens of attacks have been prevented because of those capabilities that we’ve been building for the last 15 years,” explains Marquise.
The training was conducted in conjunction with the US Attorney’s Office and US Attorney Alicia Limtiaco notes that although Guam has not experienced any large-scale terrorist attacks, the island must continue exercise preventive measures to protect its people.
“There are situations where, of course, we have our enforcement folks who are monitoring activities who have looked into certain referrals. So we’re not immune to those types of attacks. We would say, generally speaking, no community is necessarily immune,” says Limtiaco.
Over 160 individuals attended the training on Guam. The training continues tomorrow in the CNMI.
READ the releasse from the U.S. Attorney’s Office below:
Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has announced that after a year of planning, the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program has finally corne to the Marianas.
With the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Ofñce for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJ A) Program, two instructors from the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) were on Guam April 23 to 24, 2013, and will be in the NMI on April 25 to 26, 2013, to conduct the SLATT Workshops to law enforcement, hotel and private security, military anti-terrorism personnel and other community leaders. Over 160 individuals attended the training in Guam and about 150 have registered to attend in Saipan.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder presented a special message addressing the SLATT participants and thanking them for their efforts to safeguard our communities in Guam and the NMI, and our nation.
“April is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. We observe a moment of silence for the Victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and for all Victims of terrorism, and their families; and for our Fallen Soldiers who through their commitment and sacrifice continue to protect the freedoms exercised by all Americans,” stated U.S. Attorney Limtiaco.
[Panel discussion of local anti-terrorism issues, starting from the left, Joseph Quitano, U.S. Attorney’s Office; James Cruz, Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense/Department of the U.S. Army; Ambrosio Constantino, Guam National Guard; John F. McDonald, III, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense; Suni Pitman, FBI and William E. Dyson, Jr., Institute for Intergovernmental Research/ SLATT.]
U.S. Attorney Limtiaco further stated, “As part of our Secure Communities partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been collaborating With the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance Program and Institute for Intergovernmental Research, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Homeland Security and Emergency Management, to bring the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) program to Guam and the CNMI. At this training, community partners have the opportunity to discuss domestic terrorism, international terrorism, indicators of terrorism, and the Suspicious Activity Community Program, Which promotes law enforcement safety and de-contliction, and provides assistance to our federal, military and local law enforcement partners and the Marianas Regional Fusion Center recently designated as the 78th ñlsion center in the nation, in preventing, reducing and combating some of the most concerning threats to our national security.”
[ U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco addressing the SLATT attendees]
“Since 9/1 l, there have been extraordinary and unprecedented efforts taken to keep America safe – including those by our own sons and daughters of the Pacific who serve in the military, as law enforcement, in the intelligence community, and as first responders. We also know that there is more Work that must be done. Meeting these public safety and national security challenges ofthe 21st Century will require us to identify new enforcement strategies, to forge new partnerships, and to provide more support for our law enforcement communities. Our people in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, and our Pacific island neighbors are resilient.
Terrorists aim to instill fear in our people, and to overturn our Way of life. Just as earlier generations of Americans overcame great tests, so must We draw on the resilience of the American people to overcome the challenges of our time. Our communities are capable of withstanding Whatever dangers may come. Today, threats from terrorists and extremists continue against our nation and the Asia-Pacific region. Our Work against terrorism cannot be done Without the continued involvement, leadership, vigilance and partnership of our community stakeholders,” said U.S. Attorney Limtiaco.
U.S. Attorney Limtiaco gave special thanks to the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management for their assistance in planning the training and for securing the venues for this important training.