Government Training Institute Newsletter September 2012

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Never Forget

"Never Forget" is a term that no matter where you are brings back vivid images of the fateful September morning. The images of the burning towers and the desperate choices that many of the people inside made to get out are something that no American should ever forget. We watched in horror as our brothers and sisters perished and race, religion and political beliefs were irrelevant because it was an attack on America and we united as one. That day Americans put aside our differences and stood together as a people to face a common enemy and seek justice for those who perished.

It is over 11 years ago now and we have settled into our lives again and it has become something almost like a bad dream or a distant memory. That day was a defining moment in America's history and a day that should still be in the forefront of our minds. A day that should still instill those feelings of a united front; one people with a common goal, yet we are at odds like never before. What has happened to the people that could face any hardship together?

Have we become a society that is so jaded and focused on instant gratification that we can forget something as horrific as this and dismiss it as just something from the past? I have heard more than once in my tenure at GTI, the words, "well I am just glad that I don't live in New York". Why? Is it because you didn't want to be there for that attack; or because it won't happen to you because it will only happen there? The truth is it can happen anywhere and we need to stay vigilant and understand that this threat is not gone. If we live in the state of mind that if I don't talk about it then it will go away, then we are setting ourselves up for monumental failure and a very rude awakening. We cannot let the feelings of that day satiate inside us and we must remain a united people. Race, religion and political beliefs aside; if another 9/11 were to ever happen, wouldn't you want to know that you have millions of brothers and sisters that were there for you and that we as a people would face the threat together? It is very sad that personal agendas have made us a divided people and it took something like 9/11 to bring us together yet here we are just 11 years later and we act as if it never happened.

World Trade Center September 11th, 2001

"Never Forget" is a term that means something to me and always will, and I pray that we as a country will wake up and remember how it felt that day. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with some of Americas finest who everyday go to work to protect our freedoms and I guarantee that they haven't forgotten. Have you?

God bless our officers and service men and women. We are forever in your debt.

Thank you,
Brian Naillon
Vice President
Government Training Institute
East Central PA Regional Task Force Attends Sniper Training

During the month of August, six members of the East Central PA Regional Task Force successfully completed GTI's Advanced Sniper Course. This 4 day course featured a day of classroom work covering basic sniper fundamentals, ranging, wind evaluation, low light, final firing positions, camouflage and tactical movement, observation and field sketching, moving targets, barriers, angular shooting and long range shooting. Days 2-4 were trigger time intensive range days involving; 100 to 300 yard shooting positions, multiple target engagement (rapid bold manipulation), observation exercises, multiple stalking exercises, moving targets 100 to 300 yards, low light firing, angular shooting and long range shooting.

The East Central PA Regional Task Force (ECTF) is one of nine Regional Homeland Security Task Forces in Pennsylvania. The task force was formed in 1998 in response to the growing threat of the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and the regional effect of a potential incident. Today, the ECTF provides "All Hazards" planning, mitigation response and recovery services to citizens in the following Pennsylvania counties: Berks, Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Wyoming.
East Central PA Regional Task Force

East Central PA Regional Task Force

Transnational Organized Criminals: Seriously affecting the Safety of America
but are they partly responsible for the poor economy?

By Sgt. Lou Savelli, NYPD (retired)

Gangs, Drug Cartels, Human Traffickers, Human Smugglers, Terrorists, Narco-terrorists, new Mafiosos and other criminals operating between America and foreign countries have become the changing face of crime in America. Most likely, you don't have to look much further than your next door neighbor. Criminals who operate in multiple nations are making America their playground and even sponging off the system in more ways than you can imagine. Profits amassed by these dangerous criminals tally to an excess of billions of dollars each year and their violence has become evident on television and in newspapers from cities and towns across the nation. Although most of us are, essentially, immigrants, these offenders give new meaning to the words 'illegal' and 'alien'.

The National Institute of Justice defines Transnational Organized Crime as "Organized crime involving the planning and execution of illicit business ventures by groups or networks of individuals working in more than one country. These criminal groups use systematic violence and corruption to achieve their goals. Crimes commonly include money laundering; human smuggling; cyber crime; and trafficking of humans, drugs, weapons, endangered species, body parts, or nuclear material." NIJ further states, "…Transnational crime ring activities weaken economies and financial systems and undermine democracy."

Transnational Organized Criminals (TOC) are plaguing American neighborhoods across the country at an alarming pace. It is especially problematic in the Midwest where foreign nationals from countries like Somalia, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Southeast Asia, Peru, Bosnia and the Ukraine are immigrating. Of course, the vast majority of these immigrants have come to America in search of an honest and better life but, like most immigrant nationalities, there are always a few bad apples and some of those apples are members of transnational organized criminal organizations. The toll on the US Government and the already weakened local law enforcement agencies tasked to combat these criminals is overwhelming.

Read the complete story on our website.

For more information on GTI's Gangs and Terrorism courses visit our website.
Advanced CBRNE Training

GTI Joint Operations Center (JOC)

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The JOC is a former nuclear fuels reprocessing plant that has been converted into an all hazards training site. With much of the structures remaining complete, including control room, tanks, miles of pipes, etc. The JOC can offer a real world training experience.

GTI in conjunction with Savannah River National Labs (SRNL) have the facilities and additional assets to offer the most advanced CBRNE training solutions available.
Scenario Based Training Facilitation for:
  • Chemistry and Chemical Agents
  • Biological Agents
  • Radiological Detection
  • Chemical Detection
  • Biological Detection
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About the Government Training Institute

Founded in 2003, GTI is a center of excellence for law enforcement officers and military personnel whose mission is to train the nation's first responders. GTI's staff comprises 400 years of operational military and law enforcement experience and combines traditional classroom work, research-based training and real-world field exercises to address the requirements of government and law enforcement agencies. GTI delivers more than 30 highly-specialized training programs in the fields of anti-terrorism, terrorism countermeasures, police sniper operations, specialized patrol, high-risk policing activities and a host of law enforcement and military topics relevant to the post 9/11 world.

GTI's Type III SWAT, Type II SWAT, Type I SWAT, Immediate Action Teams (IAT) Active Shooter, Basic SWAT and IED Awareness curricula are approved by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) grant funding program. In 2008, GTI relocated its training facility from Boise, Idaho to South Carolina. The company is headquartered in Eagle, Idaho.
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