For a fifth year in a row, the Lafayette Group provided support to the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Alumni Association’s (LinCT-AA) annual International Counter-Terrorism Conference, which was hosted again by the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Counter-Terrorism & Special Operations Bureau at the end of April. Conference presenters and attendees included senior law enforcement, intelligence, counterterrorism, public safety, and military officials from the “Five Eyes” countries – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The theme for this year’s conference was “The Ever-Changing Threat Environment Both Abroad and At Home and Our Collaborative Response.” The keynote speakers included the FBI Director James Comey, Former Director General of the British Security Service (MI-5) Jonathan Evans, and the United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. The speakers and panelists provided both a global and local practitioner perspective on a variety of topics including:
- Five Eyes Overview of the Evolution of Threats
- Beyond the Five Eyes Overview from the Middle East, Europe, and Indonesia
- G20 Planning and Lessons Learned in Queensland, Australia
- Civilian Oversight on CT Investigations
- Meeting the Needs of Victims
- The Homegrown Threat and the Foreign Fighter
- The Southeast Asian Experience: Countering Violent Extremism and De-Radicalization
Each year, the National Consortium for Advanced Policing (NCAP) is a sponsor of the conference and engages Lafayette Group to prepare the proceedings. Lafayette Group is also supporting NCAP on the development of a Cybersecurity Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement that will be release later this year and has previously worked with NCAP on the LAPD’s Policing Convergent Threats (PCT) training program and the National Counter-Terrorism Academy (NCTA). The LAPD training programs provided training to state and local law enforcement through in-person and web-based courses.