Law Enforcement Agencies on both the state and federal level are hard at work to locate, expose, and deter terrorist, fraud and national / international criminal elements working to hurt America and her citizens.
Local and state Law Enforcement Officers have the ability to work on Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) and get training by the FBI national academy, and other federal agencies. These men and women in Law Enforcement continually do their best to provide a safer community for their citizens.
For many years, federal training has been offered to a variety of departments and state agencies. The price of training is covered by the either the individual department, state or federal budgets. Individual agencies have a training budget that allows them to prioritize which training is to be conducted, and can choose which officers receive it.
Training an officer in combating terrorism, surveillance, developing assets and tradecraft is costly and takes a great deal of time to develop. Most agencies do not have the budget for this type of expert training, nor the manpower, and resources to support such an endeavor.
Training institutes like the World Institute for Security Enhancement (W.I.S.E.), offer scholarships to Law Enforcement agencies as an effort to support the cause. Conducting the training are leading industry professionals, such as one of the nation’s leading counterterrorism experts, former Federal Agent Brig Barker.
Law Enforcement officers and agencies require continual training, and their own teams, to continue the fight; this again is costly and takes time to develop.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently made a focus effort to augment their capabilities with the best professionals after the passing of H.R. 3359 ‘The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of2018’ into law. Christopher C. Krebs, the Director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) stated on February 1st2019:
“Congress recognized that our role has never been more important. The threats we face—digital and physical, manmade, technological, and natural—are more complex, and the threat actors more diverse, than at any point in our history. Ultimately, we seek to defend and preserve the open society within which we live, the innovation culture we aim to foster, and strengthen individual liberties that are so central to our Nation’s values.”
“Our partners span the public and private sectors; the audience we serve covers all levels of an organization, as well as the public at-large. Our approach is fundamentally one of partnerships and empowerment, prioritized by our comprehensive understanding of the risk environment and the corresponding needs identified by our stakeholders. We seek to help organizations better manage their risk and increase resilience using all available resources, whether provided by the Federal Government, commercial vendors, or using their own capabilities.”
The private sector has some of the best-trained individuals, who continually train, and enhance their skill sets, perfecting their craft throughout the years. These individuals come from some of the best teams and agencies in law enforcement, military, and government service.
Conflict International is one such agency that augments local, state, federal and international governments. After 9/11, Conflict International supported multiple governments in combating the War on Terror. Conflict International is a private intelligence agency that specializes in private investigations and intelligence gathering having resources spanning over 80 countries.
The CEO of Conflict International, Mike Lacorte, is the Chairman of the Board of the World Association of Detectives (W.A.D.); whose origins date back to 1921.
W.A.D. is the longest established and largest association of its kind in the world.
Conflict Internationals U.S. Director of Operations Stephen Komorek, is the Sergeant at Arms, and an active member of the W.A.D.
Mr. Komorek is considered one of the world’s leading private investigators from the United States. The Daily Mail reported on November 12 2018, that Mr. Komorek was ‘instrumental’ in the release of a U.S. citizen from a Chinese prison in November 2018.
Conflict International is one of many private sector companies that augment law enforcement and federal agencies, while also working for private and corporate clients.
The Director of CISA Christopher C. Krebs, stated the need of utilizing private sector professionals.
“Commitment to continual improvement is a trait shared by every successful organization, whether in government or within the private sector. Since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established the former National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD)in 2007, the cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, and emergency communications missions we share with our private sector partners have never been more critical and relevant—or dynamic. The threats and hazards we face—both cyber and physical—are more pronounced and complex than ever before, so CISA’s mission, organization, and business processes must evolve as well.”
The benefit for Law Enforcement agencies, having the ability to augment their capabilities with top professionals from the private sector, has become indispensable resource.
As more agencies embrace this concept, not only will our law enforcement agencies benefit, but also most important of all, the citizens of our great country will reap the rewards.