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The State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program addresses the prevention of terrorism, targeted violence, and hate crime by providing no-cost and role-based training, resources, and technical assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers and agencies. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) believes that by working together, law enforcement and community partners serve as the frontline of defense, and BJA is committed to supporting this partnership within the framework of the Constitution.

Following the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1995, the U.S. Attorney General asked BJA to develop a counter-terrorism training program for law enforcement in the United States. Developed in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the SLATT Program was designed to provide instruction to enable state, local, and tribal law enforcement to recognize the precursor indicators of terrorist activity in order to help prevent acts of terrorism in the United States. Since its inception in 1996, the SLATT Program has trained nearly 425,000 law enforcement professionals throughout the country.

The threat posed by terrorism—both international and domestic—has evolved significantly since the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. As the threat to the United States and U.S. interests continues to evolve, we must adapt and confront these challenges by building partnerships that support the detection and response to threats of terrorism, targeted violence, and hate crime.

Our Nation’s law enforcement officers must have the proper training and resources to effectively address current and emerging threats within the homeland. The BJA SLATT Program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to deliver state of the art training that educates participants, emphasizes community trust, advocates for law enforcement accountability and transparency, and safeguards the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. By offering law enforcement officers an initial introduction to countering terrorism, the SLATT program is designed to enhance their understanding of complex threats and their critical role in enabling community trust and transparency as a core component of our Nation’s counterterrorism, targeted violence, and hate crime prevention strategies.

BJA is building this critically important program by bringing together these strategic partners:

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The BJA SLATT Program offers a suite of no-cost, on-site, virtual, and eLearning training courses to prepare state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers to identify, interdict, prevent, and respond to acts of terrorism, targeted violence, and hate crime. By focusing on the importance of collaboration, community trust, cultural diversity, and law enforcement accountability, SLATT’s research and evidence-based program provides law enforcement personnel and key community partners with an understanding of the threat environment and the available resources required to counter threats within their communities.

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The SLATT Program supports the state, local, and tribal law enforcement community with a vast array of resources and includes videos, podcasts, recorded lectures, and on-demand webinars that highlight current research and subject-matter expert perspectives regarding terrorism, targeted violence, and hate-crime prevention. SLATT resources are multiuse and suitable for individual officers during roll call or larger group settings, to include basic academy and in-service training.

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Technical Assistance

The SLATT Program offers technical assistance to law enforcement agencies that require customized support to address specific training needs. Technical assistance ranges from consultation to specialized training development and supporting larger strategic initiatives. If you are interested in receiving technical assistance, please use the button to Contact Us.

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