The “Moving and Shaking” column of the Jewish Journal featured ADL’s Law Enforcement Mission to Israel
Pictured: L.A. World Airports Police Chief Patrick Gannon, left, and San Bernardino Police Chief Robert Handy, right, with an Israeli army commander in the northern region near Lebanon. Photo courtesy of the ADL
A delegation of West Coast law enforcement officials, including two from the Los Angeles area, participated in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) counterterrorism training program in Israel last month. It featured “high-level briefings on the operational response to terrorism, border and airport security, maintaining safety and access to holy sites, the role of advanced technology in policing, and use of media during a crisis,” according to an ADL statement.
During the Oct. 6-13 trip, Los Angeles World Airports Police Chief Patrick Gannon and San Bernardino Police Chief Robert Handy met with security experts, intelligence analysts and commanders in the Israel National Police and Israel Defense Forces. This was the fifth year of the annual program.
Gannon and Handy were among a group of 15 law enforcement officials that also included Long Beach Police Department Deputy Chief David Hendricks and Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.
Joanna Mendelson, a Los Angeles-based ADL investigative researcher and director for special projects, accompanied the delegation. One of the mission highlights, Mendelson said, was a daytrip to the northern border with Lebanon, where they met with Israel Defense Forces soldiers who monitor Hezbollah’s activity. The trip also included visits to sites of archaeological and religious importance.
The ADL aims to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry. As part of that mission, the organization conducts law enforcement outreach and trainings related to “extremism and terrorism,” its Web site states.