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1st Preventers:
A conversation on the
role of law enforcement in the war of terror

William Bratton &
James Q. Wilson
A Short Film

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An example of the bulletins CPT produced for local law enforcement
· Violent Extremism in the United States
· Bali Attacks

Clarice Z. Smith
Deputy Director

The Safe Cities Initiative was a precursor to the CPT. Please view the following reports on effective counterterrorism policing methods.
Hard Won Lessons: Transit Security.Hard Won Lessons:
Hard Won Lessons: Transit Security
Hard Won Lessons: Policing Terrorism in the United States.Hard Won Lessons:
The New Paradigm—Merging Law Enforcement and Counter-terrorism Strategies
Hard Won Lessons: Policing Terrorism in the United States.Hard Won Lessons: Policing Terrorism in the United States
Hard Won Lessons: Problem-Solving Principles for Local Police.Hard Won Lessons: Problem-
Solving Principles for Local Police
Hard Won Lessons: How Police Fight Terrorism in the United Kingdom.Hard Won Lessons: How Police Fight Terrorism in the United Kingdom

The Manhattan Institute's Center for Policing Terrorism (CPT) was founded in the wake of September 11th, 2001 by former White House counterterrorism director R.P. Eddy. The NYPD, familiar with the Manhattan Institute's longstanding policy focus on policing, relied on Eddy to develop a network of security experts who could instantly provide crucial advice. With the help of CPT, the NYPD adopted the concept of first preventer policing, the understanding that local law enforcement officers must not only respond to disasters, but actively prevent them. This style of policing is executed by training street level officers to recognize signs of terror related activity, and by facilitating the timely sharing and analysis of intelligence between agencies at the Federal, state and local level. America's 700,000 state and local law enforcement personnel will always be first responders at emergency scenes, but as first preventers they are a key weapon in the War on Terror.

CPT expanded in 2004 in order to popularize the principles initially developed for the NYPD. Partnering with agencies such as the New Jersey State Police and the Los Angeles Police Department, CPT executive director R.P. Eddy and director Tim Connors confronted the core counter-terrorism issues facing state and local police. CPT is currently collaborating with LAPD Chief William Bratton to administer the National Counter-terrorism Academy, a one of a kind pilot program which offers local law enforcement officers a standardized counter-terrorism curriculum.



The Center for Policing Terrorism (CPT) has moved into the National Consortium for Intelligence-Led Policing (NCILP), a private, non-profit agency in California. NCILP provides a center for shared knowledge and training to serve law enforcement agencies across the country. For information, please contact CPT Director Tim Connors,

CPT Partners with LAPD to Run Counterterrorism Academy for Cops

On Monday, March 10, 2008 the Los Angeles Police Department opened the pilot class of the National Counter-Terrorism Academy, a joint project of LAPD and the Manhattan Institute's Center for Policing Terrorism. This one of a kind program was developed to train state and local cops to be the front line in the War on Terror. The first class graduated on July 22, 2008. For more information, please click here, or contact Communications Department or 212-599-7000.


Firefighters' Developing Role in Counter-terrorism
by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Kyle Dabruzzi,
August 2008

State Fusion Center Processes and Procedures
by Timothy Connors and John Rollins,
September 2007

The Convergence of Crime and Terror: Law Enforcement Opportunities and Perils
by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Kyle Dabruzzi, June 2007

Practical Guide to Intelligence-Led Policing

By George L. Kelling and
William J. Bratton,
September 2006



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