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Sheriff James Tracy of Utah County, UT participated in a professional exchange with Israel covering critical homeland security issue.


Sheriff James Tracy of Utah County, UT participated in a professional exchange with Israel covering critical homeland security issue. The trip brought together 13 chief elected law enforcement officers from around the country for meetings and demonstrations with Israel's senior command police officials and private sector security experts to relate their experience regarding information sharing, private sector SECURITY involvement, securing public facilities such as shopping malls, investigative techniques, command, communications, and control methods, and incident response techniques from suicide bomb attacks.

Working for the first time as partners, the week-long exchange was sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a supporting organization of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and the National Sheriffs Association (NSA). The Sheriffs departed on Saturday, February 4 and returned Sunday, February 12.

While in Israel, Sheriff Tracy participated in an intensive series of meetings and policy discussions with, among others, representatives from the Israeli National Police, the Israeli Border Patrol, the National Prison Service, which included lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training.

While in Israel, Sheriff Tracy participated in an intensive series of meetings and policy discussions with, among others, representatives from the Israeli National Police, the Israeli Border Patrol, the National Prison Service, which included lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training.

Israel has been preparing for and responding to terror attacks for 50 years. Our goal is to ensure that U.S. law enforcement and first responders have the opportunity to learn from Israel's vast experience in this critical area. This trip is an important part of AIPAC's new homeland security initiative, said AIPAC Board Member Harriet Zimmerman.

Sheriff Edmund M. Ted Sexton, President of the National Sheriffs Association and delegation leader said, The Israel Police experience showed the benefits of fluid information sharing, to include integration with the private security industry for prevention of terrorist events, to efficient investigation techniques, and scene safety for first responders so effective that they have resulted in a reduction of attacks in the State of Israel by approximately 300% since 2001.

The National Sheriffs Association (NSA) is a professional association located in Alexandria, Virginia. NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the Nation and has more than 23,000 members including deputy sheriffs, law enforcement professionals, students and others. Throughout its sixty-six year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, courts, jails, law enforcement professionals, state governments as well as the federal government. NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their command personnel in school safety, court security and administers the highly successful National Neighborhood Watch, National Sheriffs Institute and Triad Programs.

Trip participants included: Sheriff Edmund M. "Ted" Sexton, NSA President Tuscaloosa County, AL; Sheriff Larry Amerson, Calhoun County, AL; Sheriff Harold Eavenson, Rockwall County, TX; Sheriff R. Jay Fisher, Baltimore County, MD; Sheriff David Goad, NSA Executive Committee, Allegany County, MD; Sheriff David Huffman, NSA Board of Directors, Catawba County, NC; Sheriff Ted Kamatchus NSA1st Vice President,Marshall County, IA; Sheriff Patrick McGowan Hennepin County, MN; Sheriff Stephen Oelrich, NSA Board of Directors, Alachua County, FL; Sheriff Bryant Mixon, NSA Executive Committee, Dale County, AL; Sheriff James Tracy, Utah County, UT; Director Roger Vanderpool, Arizona Department of Public Safety; Sheriff Craig Webre, NSA 2nd Vice President, Lafourche Parish, LA; Sheriff John Whetsel, Oklahoma County, OK; Richard Weintraub, NSA General Counsel.

Dennis Harris/ Public Information Officer/ Utah County Sheriff Office