Conference Date
Texas: Irving, TX | June 25-26 | East: Herndon, VA | July 19-20
West: Pasadena, CA | July 31-August 1

Countering Violent Extremism and the Threat

Monday, July 31, 2017 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Stephen Lopez

Chief of Police
New Mexico State University Police Department

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College and university campuses are often viewed as either a recruiting ground for violent extremists or a soft target for said extremists.  In addition, cases have shown that some individuals are exhibiting violent extremist tendencies at a much younger age.  This session will provide participants with an understanding of the violent extremist threat, the importance of bystander reporting of violent extremist behavior, and how to distinguish between someone who is merely exercising their right to free speech as opposed to someone who is on the pathway toward violence.  It will also provide tips on how to engage communities in identifying and reporting potentially violent extremists.

Learning Objective 1: Attendees will be able to describe the current violent extremist threat both in the United States and globally.

Learning Objective 2: Attendees will be able to identify key investigative steps in determining whether someone is on the pathway toward violence.

Learning Objective 3: Attendees will be able to identify the difference between free speech and violent extremism.