In 2016, 12 ideologically motivated attacks resulted in nine police officer fatalities. Additionally, over half of these incidents were preplanned. Over the last several years, the range of extremist that consider law enforcement a target has expanded and includes individuals of varied ideologies. For this presentation, we reviewed the extremist threats that have targeted law enforcement and the tactics used.
In 2016, 12 extremist attacks resulted in nine officer fatalities, as compared to eight attacks that yielded no deaths in 2015. An NJOHSP review of extremist attacks against law enforcement officers nationwide reveals that in the last year, these incidents were more lethal and pre-planned than in the past. Episode 2 kicks off our 2017 Terrorism Threat Assessment-related podcasts with Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana sitting down with Intelligence Analyst Paige Schilling to discuss the rise of deadly assaults against law enforcement this past year.
Police and intelligence agencies participated in a full-scale mock active shooter / terrorism exercise conducted by the West Orange Police Department in conjunction with county, municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The drill is designed to test law enforcement response in the event of an actual emergency.
NJOHSP Deputy Director Steven Gutkin and personnel took part in the three day Big Ten Emergency Management Conference at Rutgers University, highlighting the importance of partnerships and collaboration between law enforcement and higher education.
NJOHSP sponsored an Active Shooter Seminar presented by FBI Special Agent Dan Garrabrant for public and private sector managers and security and law enforcement personnel in Hamilton.