The SLATT Program’s primary objective is the delivery of specialized terrorism/criminal extremism orientation, interdiction, investigation, and prevention training to state, local, and tribal law enforcement executives, command personnel, intelligence officers, investigators, analytical personnel, training directors, and prosecutors. Each course is specifically designed to meet the needs of the target audience—from the street-level officer to the executive who needs the information for policymaking purposes.
Every SLATT workshop is specifically designed to meet the needs of the target audience. The SLATT leadership team works collaboratively with hosting agencies to identify terror-related concerns and training needs and then consults with the Program’s subject-matter experts to customize training to effectively address those needs.
The BJA SLATT Program’s subject-matter experts have expertise in a wide variety of terrorism-related topic areas. All SLATT presentations are developed and delivered by subject-matter experts with direct experience in the topical area. Available topics include terrorism ideologies, intelligence/information sharing, cultural awareness, understanding and interviewing violent criminal extremists, investigative resources, and terrorism financing.
Terrorism Ideologies presentations explore the ideologies and motivations of domestic and international violent criminal extremists with discussions emphasizing the following:
- Criminal threats
- Case studies
- Recruiting techniques
- Investigative and officer safety strategies
Available domestic terrorism focal areas include sovereign citizens and special-interest/single-issue terrorism and anarchist groups.
Available international terrorism focal areas include the Islamic State and radicalization.
Intelligence/Information Sharing presentations discuss the contemporary law enforcement intelligence process. Discussions include the following:
- Terms and concepts
- Privacy and civil liberties
- Intelligence file guidelines and liability issues
Available focal areas include intelligence-led policing and intelligence resources in the prison system.
Cultural Awareness presentations provide information about Arabic cultures and customs that is valuable when conducting interviews or engaging with the community. Discussion areas include the following:
Understanding and Interviewing Violent Criminal Extremists
- Five pillars of Islam
- Islamic holidays
- Islamic religious customs
- Muslim/Arabic name analysis
presentations provide tools to assist interviewers in preparing for high-impact subject interviews. Discussions include the following:
- Rapport building
- Testing for rapport
- Verbal and nonverbal methods to detect deception and overcome resistance
- Techniques to break the interview impasse
Specialized topics include intermediate and advanced interviewing techniques and understanding hate groups.
Investigative Resources presentations address a variety of current terrorism issues.
- Recognizing terrorism indicators and warning signs
- Detecting tactics of sovereign citizens
- Preventing attacks against soft targets
- Identifying indicators of explosives materials and chemicals
- Detecting impostors and fraudulent documents
- Understanding the use of social media by terrorists
Specialized case studies including the Lockerbie bombing and the Beslan school attack.
Terrorism Financing presentations focus on common terrorism financing methodologies and offer ideas and tools on how to “follow the money.” Discussions include the following:
- Suspicious activity reporting
- FinCEN and other resources
Specialized topics include money laundering, alternative financial systems, resources within the banking system, and local crimes to finance terrorism.