Gangs and Terrorism

Terrorists targeting America do not operate in a vacuum. They often conspire, utilize and recruit others to further their goals. Most often, and not so obscure, is the partnership between gangs and terrorists developed within communities and prisons across the country. This is not a new concept nor is it merely an historical one, but a current and growing issue that is critical to the protection of the United States. The partnership between gangs and terrorists create new concerns for counterterrorism officials and law enforcement in general.
At the conclusion of the Gangs and Terrorism course, students will have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of gangs and terrorists and how they work together. They will be able to identify gangs and terrorists within their jurisdiction. Students will have the training to identify the indicators of terrorist activities involving gangs and terrorist groups within their community.

This course consists of 3 days (24 hours) of lecture.

Gangs and Terrorism: Investigation and Interdiction

This course has a prerequisite of the 3 Day Gangs and Terrorism course.

Law Enforcement Officers must consider getting out of the 'first responder' mode and into the counter-terrorist mode. They should patrol potential targets as part of routine shift patrols, by utilizing systematically unsystematic patrol techniques, conduct aggressive traffic enforcement, make vehicle stops that are more inquisitive, fully investigate 'suspicious' person's calls and conduct surveillance of potential targets.

At the conclusion of the Gangs and Terrorism: Investigation and Interdiction course, students will be able to: Utilize criminal interdiction methods as a counterterrorism strategy; Have the understanding of the importance of proactive law enforcement in the fight against terrorism as well as the importance of working with local security forces; Have the tools to identify potential targets of a terrorist attack; and identify local potential terrorist blending regions and hawalas.

This course consists of 2 days (16 hours) of lecture.

About the Author, Lou Savelli

Lou Savelli retired from NYPD after 21 years as a Sergeant and detective squad supervisor of the Terrorist Interdiction Unit created on September 11th, 2001 to aggressively hunt down al Qaeda terrorists threatening New York City and those responsible for the attacks of 9-11. He and his investigators immediately developed dozens of terrorist intelligence sources and arrested hundreds of suspected terrorists or terrorist support cells. Early into his investigations, he identified strong partnerships between gangs in the US and several terrorist groups.
Lou Savelli created NYPD's first citywide gang unit called CAGE (Citywide Anti-Gang Enforcement) which was awarded the Most Effective Gang Unit in the US by the National Gang Crime Research Center. He and his unit conducted several Conspiracy and RICO investigations on gangs like the Latin Kings, Bloods and Crips as well as working the streets of New York City's most dangerous neighborhoods and arresting thousands of gang members armed with firearms.

As a detective, Lou Savelli was a member of the NY DEA Task Force during the time when the Colombian Cartels were at their strength and exceedingly violent. During this assignment, Lou Savelli and his fellow team members set the World record for the most cash seized in a drug case in one location: $20 Million in cash during the raid of a fortified warehouse protected by 11 Cartel members armed with Machine Guns and handguns. The record held until 2001 but is still the US record. During this time, he also worked investigations involving the Mexican Drug Cartels who were working closely with the Colombian Cartels. His unit seized several tons of wholesale cocaine and heroin and additional money seizures in excess of $100 Million.
Lou Savelli is the cofounder and current Deputy Director of the East Coast Gang Investigators Association and one of the first members of the International Counter Terrorism Officers Association. He is a member of the California Gang Investigators Association, International Latino Gang Investigators Association and several other gang investigators associations covering the entire US and Canada. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, the American Society of Industrial Security and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Lou was chosen by former NYPD police commissioner William Bratton as one of NYPD's Top Ten Most Effective Leaders of All Ranks (of 20,000 supervisors within the NYPD) and was twice awarded Supervisor of the Year.

Lou brings his New York City street cop style to his training classes. He has been voted at the top of every training academy he has worked as the best or one of the best instructors. In 2009, he was awarded Instructor of the Year for the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center. He is highly entertaining, dynamic and proactive during his instruction and always focuses on officer safety and putting bad guys behind bars.

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Contact GTI, by calling 803-259-1935 or emailing, and we can provide written proposal to attend training. An option to assist with funding to attend this course is GTI's Asset Trading Program (ATP). Click the link in the menu above to find out more about this program.