The Bureau of Justice Assistance's (BJA’s) State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program addresses how to prevent terrorism, targeted violence, and hate crimes by providing no-cost and role-based training, resources, and technical assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers and agencies. BJA believes that by working together, law enforcement and community partners can 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 Alfred P. 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 together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the SLATT Program was designed to provide instruction to enable state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement to recognize the precursor indicators of terrorist activity in order to prevent them from occurring in the United States.
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 this threat to the United States and U.S. interests continues to evolve, we must adapt and confront it by building partnerships that support the detection and response to not only threats of terrorism but also targeted violence and hate crimes.
Our Nations’ law enforcement officers must have the proper training and resources to effectively address these current and emerging threats. To that end, the 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
- Safeguards the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties
In receiving an initial introduction, law enforcement officers better understand these complex threats and can enhance 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.
Since its inception in 1996, the SLATT Program has trained nearly 425,000 law enforcement professionals throughout the country.
The SLATT Program offers a suite of no-cost, onsite, virtual, and eLearning training courses to prepare state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers to identify, interdict, prevent, and respond to acts and threats of terrorism, targeted violence, and hate crimes. By focusing on the importance of collaboration, community trust, cultural diversity, and law enforcement accountability—the 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. The SLATT Program offers the following four research and evidence-based courses:
PREPARE (Prepare and Ready: Executive Planning for Agencies in Response to Extremism) – Designed for law enforcement executives and managers to enhance their agencies’ capabilities to detect and respond to violent extremism while enabling community trust through transparency and accountability.
PROTECT (Prevent and Respond: Officer Training to Effectively Counter Terrorism) – Designed for patrol and frontline officers to foster an effective law enforcement response to threats while protecting the constitutional rights and civil liberties of all citizens. Provides a comprehensive overview of the threat environment to facilitate community awareness and participation in identifying and reporting suspicious activity.
DISRUPT (Detect and Interdict: Specialized Roles in Uncovering and Preventing Terrorism) – Designed for analysts and investigators to improve threat detection, analysis, and information-sharing processes while safeguarding privacy and civil liberties.
Train (Terrorism Readiness Through Applied Instructional Neuroscience) – Designed for academy staff and field trainers to build counterterrorism capacity through specialized training that reinforces community partnerships and constitutional policing as core components of responding to threats.
The SLATT Program offers a vast array of resources that includes videos, podcasts, recorded lectures, and on-demand webinars to highlight current research and expert perspectives on preventing terrorism, targeted violence, and hate crimes. SLATT resources are multiuse and suitable for individual officers during roll call or larger group settings to include basic academy and in-service training.
- Webinars address evolving threats from terrorism, targeted violence, and hate crimes by keeping the frontline in the know about current trends, legal considerations, resources, and evidence-based best practices.
- Technical assistance for law enforcement agencies that require customized support to address specific training needs ranges from consultation, to specialized training development, to supporting larger strategic initiatives consistent with the SLATT Program’s mission.
- The SLATT website supports sworn law enforcement, support staff, and approved criminal justice and public safety professionals through the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) or Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS). For more information, visit www.slatt.org and click on “New User.”