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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 28, 2017

United States Attorney’s Office For The Eastern District Of Oklahoma Hosts Anti-Terrorism Conference

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester hosted approximately 150 law enforcement officers and agents from across Eastern Oklahoma today for the annual Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council meeting and training.  The audience, comprised of law enforcement from a wide range of state, local, tribal, and federal agencies, heard powerful presentations from the prosecution team who tried the Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Officers and agents heard from the lead FBI agent, the lead victim services coordinator, and the lead prosecutor in the case of United States v. Dylan Roof.  The presentations covered law enforcement response, crime scene preservation and analysis, victim services and trial presentation of mass casualty events.

The Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils, headed by the United States Attorney in each of 94 districts across the nation, are a bridge between state, local, tribal, and federal authorities and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces.  They are designed to provide a mechanism for information sharing between law enforcement agencies regarding both domestic and international terror threats.

U. S. Attorney Kuester said of the training, "This presentation was an excellent opportunity for investigators, prosecutors, and victim services specialists to learn from the experiences of others in our respective fields. It also allowed this diverse group of law enforcement officers from different jurisdictions and geographic regions to discuss issues common to all of us. This gathering and others like it are invaluable for education and unifying the law enforcement community around the common goal of serving and protecting our communities."

The meeting and training were held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Topic(s): 
Community Outreach
Counterterrorism
Hate Crimes
National Security
Violent Crime
Updated September 29, 2017