Oklahoma City-Based Counterterrorism Program May Shut Down

Nov 18, 2013

Credit Provided / Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism

An Oklahoma City-based institute that offers free counterterrorism training to police officers may be shutting down.

The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism has trained more than 16,000 police officers since 2000. But in September the institute lost its federal funding, which it gets from the Department of Homeland Security, and is now in danger of closing.

The Oklahoman reports that the institute received a $2.2 million federal contract that was supposed to sustain it for three years. But the institute's director, David Cid, says that after just one year the contract was dissolved due to a tough fiscal situation in Washington. Cid says the institute is looking for another funding source.

The institute's flagship program, InCOP, trains officers to recognize signs of possible threats and gather information.


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