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Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC)

Eastern District of Arkansas Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) Mission: To develop and maintain strategic partnerships among federal, state and local entities in an effort to heighten awareness, disseminate information, and ultimately prevent terrorist related activities in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Strategic Partnerships: Strategic partnerships are the key for a successful ATAC. The ATAC has endeavored to develop an expansive group of key individuals and organizations for the ultimate purpose of information sharing. This group includes members from Federal, state and local law enforcement, Banking industry, Federal Regulatory Agencies, Rail Industry, Investment industry, Shipping Industry, National Guard, Local prosecutors, Department of State, County Emergency Services, Energy Industry, the United States Air Force, and other entities willing to assist in combating terrorism in the US.

Heighten Awareness: By providing dynamic counter-terrorism training to local law enforcement officers in the district, the ATAC strives to keep law enforcement officers acutely aware of methods to prevent terrorism through the criminal justice system. Additionally, a role of the ATAC is to ensure the citizens within the jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Arkansas are familiar with the Justice Department's efforts in the war on terrorism. The Justice Department has allocated substantial resources to combat terrorism and, aside from personnel being deployed overseas, has had one of the most significant roles in this war. We owe it to the citizens in our jurisdiction to know about the ATAC and understand our role as it applies to the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Dissemination of Information: One of the vital purposes of the ATAC is the widespread dissemination of information. The ATAC seeks to expeditiously disseminate this information to as broad a group as possible with the ultimate purpose of preventing potential or actual terrorist operations. Information is spread through an expansive network of ATAC Members. Information disseminated by the ATAC is classified or classified no higher than "Law Enforcement Sensitive."

Prevention: The ultimate goal of the ATAC is prevention of terrorist related activities within the Eastern District of Arkansas. Prevention will be achieved through awareness and information sharing, as well as through the identification of potential terrorists and by limiting vulnerabilities in the district.

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