BR’s police chief in Israel for counter-terrorism seminar

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie has spent the past week in Israel learning how to combat terrorism.

Dabadie on March 8 left to join other law enforcement officials from the U.S., Italy and Austria at the Anti-Defamation League’s National Counter-Terrorism Seminar. He’s expected to return to Baton Rouge Sunday, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

The week-long seminar allows participants to attend high-level Israeli security briefings, providing them a “firsthand understanding” of terrorism’s impact on a civil society, according to a news release about the program.

It also gives attendees the chance to tour some of Israel’s most notable religious and archaeological sites, the release says.

The chief traveled alone, McKneely said, adding the trip didn’t cost taxpayers anything because the host organization footed the bill.

Numerous chemical plants and refineries, along with heavily-traveled corridors such as Interstate 10 and the Mississippi River Bridge, expose Baton Rouge to the threat of terrorism, McKneely said.

Law enforcement officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service, Naval Criminal Investigate Service, The International Association of Chiefs of Police, Italian National Police, Austrian National Police, and the New York, Chicago and Denver police departments, among others, attended the program, the release says.