Jewish security officials from five North American cities joined top police officers for a weeklong tour of Israel to examine its security practices.
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Four metropolitan areas in the United States are represented on the trip both by Jewish security officials and senior police officers: Cleveland, Memphis, Detroit and Kansas City, the site of a deadly attack on Jewish institutions last year.
Also joining the tour, organized by Secure Community Network, the security arm of the national Jewish community, are directors of security for Montreal’s Jewish community and a representative of the New Jersey state police.
SCN, affiliated with the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has long emphasized the importance of building relationships with local police. JFNA and local federations are paying for the tour.
The aim of the tour is to examine Israeli methods of increasing public awareness of a security threat. Israeli officials will brief participants on terrorism, international threats and cyber-security among other issues.
The timing of the massive terrorist attack in Paris over the weekend made the need for the training especially acute, said SCN’s director, Paul Goldenberg.
“The events in Paris, with well-planned and coordinated attacks on innocent civilians at soft targets, highlights the importance of an approach which brings together community, security professionals and law enforcement,” he said in a statement.